The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has launched a dashboard meant to track monthly enrollment in Medicaid for those eligible through expansion.
In early December, the state opened up Medicaid to a large number of state residents who didn’t have access to the program before, and this dashboard should be an easy way to track the changes in the system.
More than 600,000 North Carolinians are newly eligible for the health coverage. The NC Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Dashboard is now offering a detailed overview of enrollment trends for the newly eligible adults – ages 19 to 64 – who can now apply for full health care coverage.
On day one of the tool, there were already more than 270,000 people enrolled and covered by Medicaid expansion; most of those new members were part of the “family planning population” who were automatically moved to full coverage without people having to fill out forms, etc.
The program’s new dashboard provides a look at “enrollee characteristics that include age, race, ethnicity and other demographics.”
The dashboard can be found at https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/reports/dashboards.
Information on the percentage of eligible adults newly enrolled in Medicaid by county and type of health plan is also included – as is information specific to rural areas of the state.
It also includes information such as the highest percentages of adults now covered by Medicaid in North Carolina’s rural communities. The four counties with the highest percentage of eligible adults enrolled are Anson, Edgecombe, Richmond and Robeson counties.
The dashboard data represents a snapshot of enrollments known at the beginning of each month and doesn’t capture new enrollments processed until the end of that month. This new dashboard for Medicaid expansion comes in addition to the department’s existing NC Medicaid Enrollment dashboard.
“Hundreds of people each day are gaining health care coverage and getting the care they need,” said NCHHS Secretary Kody Kinsley in a Wednesday, Dec. 20 press release. “Our work continues with state and community partners to support enrollment efforts to ensure as many people as possible can get covered.”