Report: NC Children's Health Lacking In Key Areas

A new report praises North Carolina for a near record-low child death rate but gives the state low grades for child obesity and access to insurance.

The advocacy group Action for Children and the North Carolina Institute for Medicine released their N.C. Child Health Report Card on Wednesday.

Action for Children President and CEO Barbara Bradley noted that there has been "stagnation" in some areas related to children's health care. For example, minorities continue to have higher infant mortality and teen pregnancy rates than whites.

The groups said that government officials must continue to focus on health initiatives but that parents need to be involved, too.


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  • by Carmen Location: NC on Oct 15, 2008 at 10:28 AM
    I am a parent, and not once have I had to pay for Cigarettes, booze, DUI, DWI's or high car insurance premiums for speeding. I find the health insurance for NC a little bit high, and the system for health insurance a bit hard to get. Its not always because of the reasons you mention there dog. You sound very judgmental. I have 3 children and I do have insurance for all three of them, my husband's job pays for them. If it was not for him however I would be at a loss. The insurance company's add a very high deductible and premium payments and they just keep get higher and harder to obtain. NC does need to lower this. Gas prices, taxes in all other areas have also gone up. I feel for parents who have to struggle and keep the payments on everything and still keep the deductibles on the NC health insurance. One of my children have a court order for her absent father to pay childsupport and put her on his insurance, of course NC does not do anything about this and he gets away with not paying
  • by Devil Dog Location: New Bern on Oct 15, 2008 at 04:19 AM
    There are policies available for children at reasonable rates. The public school system offers health insurance coverage. The parents should check this out. Parents can buy a car, pay high car insurance premiums for DUI/DWI's and speeding tickets; but fail to insure themselves and their children because of money woes. Good decisions, and parental sacrifice, allows healthcare coverage for their loved ones. Get rid of the cigarettes, booze, and cable TV, then you will have enough money for healthcare.
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