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A number of participants in the N.C. Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) do not continue after the first year. Reasons for discontinuing assistance include mothers with low education levels and income, and low birthweight babies.
In North Carolina, orofacial clefts are one of the most prevalent serious birth defects. This study examined factors associated with referral to specialized services among infants with orofacial clefts. Receiving Medicaid and maternal care coordination services were positively associated with referral to the Child Service Coordination Program among infants with orofacial clefts.
Obesity is recognized as a serious public health epidemic and a significant underlying cause of morbidity and mortality. This study examined medical care expenditure and utilization patterns in a sample of adolescents in North Carolina enrolled in Medicaid. Results show negative health consequences of overweight as early as adolescence.