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The Affordable Care Act and Its Affect on North Carolina's Uninsured Population
Wanda Mullins
Walden University
Nursing 6050, Section20: Policy and Advocacy for Improving Population Health
April 5th, 2015

The Affordable Care Act and Its Affect on North Carolina's Uninsured Population
The Affordable Care Act is an act that was created in 2010 by President Obama to ensure all Americans have health insurance coverage. This law became a federal mandate in 2014. This legislation has multiple goals: requires all United States citizens to have health insurance, insures all persons at the national poverty margin with Medicaid coverage, offers adequate health coverage to employees through the employer, and mandates private insurance companies reduce the amount of exclusions for pre-existing conditions to maintain federal compliance. Prior to the enactment of the ACA, there were approximately more than thirty million Americans without health insurance (Sparer, 2011). This legislation allows the federal government to have more control over private health insurance sectors and strives to ensure the health care of all Americans at the national level .
The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on North Carolina’s Uninsured Population As of 2011, if you were a North Carolina resident, poor, homeless, unemployed and without child, you were eligible for Medicaid (Milestead, 2013 ). The ACA was implemented to help these citizens. As of June 2012, the Supreme Court ruled the ACA’s implementation could be determined by each state. NC is one the states that refused Medicaid expansion funding and refused to implement many of the Affordable Care Act’s policies. As of 2013, this state had approximately, three-hundred nineteen thousand people below the national poverty level. Unfortunately, this still leaves many of their residents without health insurance. It is…...

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