Policy Documents

Carve the Medicaid Turkey: State Should Eliminate County Share of Medicaid in Five Years

Joseph Coletti –
November 21, 2005

North Carolina is the only state in which counties pay a fixed percentage of Medicaid costs.  Counties have no control over how they spend up to 15 percent of their general fund budget and 39 percent of their property tax revenues.  Six counties spend more on Medicaid than on education.  Program expansions and higher medial costs have pushed Medicaid's share of county budgets up an average of 18 percent in five years.  The General assembly should act on the recommendation of its own Blue Ribbon Commission on Medicaid reform to cap and reduce what counties must contribute to Medicaid.