The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau included some frustrating information about North Carolina and it wasn’t just the state’s sluggish below the national average growth in household median income that the think tanks on the right have mistakenly trumpeted as good news.
The data also showed that the percentage of people without health coverage in the state dropped by 1.9 percent from 2014 to 2015. That means 173,000 people are no longer uninsured thanks to the improving national economy and the Affordable Care Act.
But North Carolina’s uninsured rate is still more than two percent above the national average — and it’s not hard to figure out why. That is the frustrating part.
North Carolina remains one of 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA and the gap in uninsured rates between expansion states and non-expansion states keeps widening.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities …
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Census data reflects need to expand Medicaid