RALEIGH, NC, November 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — 11/17 marks National Rural Health Day, a celebration that highlights the unique healthcare challenges and raises awareness of the unique healthcare challenges faced by people in rural communities across the country. WellCare by North Carolina (WellCare) has a long-standing commitment to improving the accessibility of health care and, in honor of National Rural Health Day, is raising awareness of the systemic challenges of rural health and the importance of making health care accessible to all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2020, 46 million US citizens — about 15% of the population — lived in rural areas. Rural Americans face numerous health disparities compared to residents of urban areas, and are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, accidental injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases and stroke than their urban counterparts.

Some rural areas have characteristics that put residents at higher risk of death, such as: B. long journeys to specialist and emergency care or exposure to certain environmental hazards. They also have higher poverty rates, less access to healthcare, and are less likely to have health insurance. All of these factors can lead to poor health outcomes.

WellCare recognizes that it must support rural populations, providers and the broader communities they serve to ensure people in rural communities have access to quality care. To highlight and address the unique health challenges of rural communities, WellCare’s Community Engagement team has worked with community partners to host COVID-19 vaccination events, mammography testing events, glucose and blood pressure screenings, baby showers, mentoring events and more on the Land hold communities across the state North Carolina.

“Where a person lives should not dictate their health or livelihood,” said Dr. Matthew OettingerWellCare by North Carolinas Vice President for Public Health. “At WellCare from North Carolinawe are proud to help bring a collective focus to issues facing rural communities, and we will continue to work with our members, providers, and state and local government partners to help improve rural health outcomes across the board North Carolina.”

To learn more about WellCare’s commitment to accessible healthcare, visit www.WellCareNC.com.

About WellCare from North Carolina

headquarters in RaleighWellCare by North Carolina provides federally sponsored managed care services for families, children, seniors, and individuals with complex needs primarily through Medicaid as one of the state’s prepaid Medicaid health plans (WellCare of North Carolina), Marketplace (WellCare of North Carolina from Celtic Insurance Company), Medicare Advantage (Wellcare) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Wellcare). WellCare by North Carolina is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a leading healthcare company dedicated to helping people lead healthier lives. Visit www.wellcarenc.com for more information.

Reference in this press release to any person, entity, activity, or service related to North Carolina Medicaid does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favor by the North Carolina Department of Health.

SOURCE WellCare from North Carolina