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NC gets failing grade on women's health

timthumb.jpgNorth Carolina is ranked #40 in the country and received a final grade of D- for health coverage for women in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released today by Action NC.

The report card provides an important measure of the state’s record on women’s health as politicians court women voters ahead of the November elections and continue to debate whether North Carolina will accept federal funds to cover more uninsured adults under Medicaid. 

Currently, there are more than 200,000 uninsured women in North Carolina who could get health care coverage if politicians agreed to take up federal funding for Medicaid expansion.

The 2014 Women’s Health Report Card for North Carolina is available by clicking here.

North Carolina’s final rank and grade were based on rankings and grades in three areas: health coverage for women, women’s access to health care, and women’s health outcomes. On coverage, North Carolina ranked #40 in the country, a grade of D-. On access to health care, North Carolina  ranked #26, a grade of C. And on health outcomes, North Carolina ranked #28, a grade of C-.

Looking at women’s health by race, the report card finds North Carolina is doing an even worse job meeting the needs of women of color, who are uninsured at higher rates and also face worse health outcomes than women overall, adding urgency to the debate over Medicaid expansion.

The 2014 Women’s Health Report Card uses the latest available data from government sources to rank North Carolina among the 50 states on 30 measures (and more than 50 individual data points) relating to women’s health issues. It generates state rankings and grades, analyzes race-based disparities, and includes specific recommendations for state action to improve women’s health.