Paid Family Leave Insurance in North Carolina Would Improve Family Health and Economic Outcomes, Study Suggests

March 13, 2019

A paid family and medical leave insurance program in North Carolina would reduce infant mortality, nursing home costs and use of government assistance, according to a new report from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University.

In the report, “Paid Family Leave in North Carolina: An Analysis of Costs and Benefits,” researchers model the costs, benefits and feasibility of two policy proposals for instituting a PFLI program in North Carolina. The proposals are based on existing policies in other states and recommendations from the bipartisan American Enterprise Institute (AEI)-Brookings Institution Project on Paid Family Leave.

In evaluating the proposals’ effects on families and society, researchers estimated that both options would reduce infant mortality, low birth weight, nursing home costs and the use of state government assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

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