Department of Health, North Carolina

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The Department of Health and Human Services is an agency in North Carolina.

The purpose of the Department of Health and Human Services is to ensure the health, safety and well being of all North Carolinians; provide human service needs for vulnerable populations like the mentally ill, deaf, blind and developmentally disabled; and help low-income North Carolinians achieve economic independence. This is achieved through various programs such as prenatal, child development, and elderly services such as rest homes.[1]


The Department received 25% of the State's General Fund Operating Budget in 2009-2010. The recommended general fund budget was $5,284,626,477 for 2009-2010 and $5,549,147,732 for 2010-2011.[2]

The Department's total operating budget is $14 billion.[1]

Program Allocations
Division of Medical Assistance $9.7 billion
Division of Social Services $1.2 billion.
Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services $1.1 billion


The Department administers the State's Medicaid program, which offers health insurance to qualifying low-income individuals.[3] In 2008, 1,726,412 persons were eligible to receive Medicaid in North Carolina and the number of enrollees increased 2.6% between 2007 and 2008. The program spent 11.6 billion in state fiscal year 2008.[4] More recent figures were not available on the Department website.

The Department's Food and Nutrition Services (food stamps) program provides food assistance to low-income families, the purpose of which is to end hunger and improve nutrition and health.[5] In 2010-2011, the Division of Social Services had a budget of $2,237,715,480 in 2010-2011 for food and nutrition benefits.[6]

The Health Choice for Children program is a health insurance coverage program for children of low-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid.[7] The recommended appropriation for the program for 2010-2011 was $84,507,003.[2]


North Carolina Open Book is the state's official transparency website and reports state spending.[8]

Information about requesting public records for a fee is provided.[9]

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