Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income parents, pregnant women, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. The Medicaid program is a jointly funded by the federal and state government and has been serving North Carolinians since 1970. In fiscal year 2017, there were 2.0 million Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. Just like our larger health care system, improving health outcomes while reducing healthcare costs is the main challenge facing our Medicaid program. The Jordan Institute for Families has recently established a formal partnership between the University of North Carolina and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of this partnership is to support the use of data to understand the needs of the NC Medicaid population and to test innovative strategies. The Jordan Institute is working with investigators from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and several other units across campus to bring the most rigorous analytic methods to support the administration of the NC Medicaid program.
Click here to read North Carolina’s Medicaid and NC Health Choice Annual Report for State Fiscal Year 2017.
The UNC-DHHS partnership is one of many state-university partnerships across the country participating in the AcademyHealth learning network. The State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN) is an ongoing collaboration that works to facilitate peer-to-peer learning and dialogue among states. This network is already providing valuable resources to our team.