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DHHS Announces Contract Winners For Medicaid Managed Health Care PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:53
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of Prepaid Health Plans that will participate in Medicaid managed care when the program launches in November 2019.
 
Statewide PHP contracts were awarded to AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina, Inc.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, Inc.; and WellCare of North Carolina, Inc. A regional contract for Regions 3 and 5 was awarded to Carolina Complete Health, Inc. A map of PHP regions can be found at https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/medicaid/Managed-Care-Regions-and-Rollout.pdf.
 
"We are committed to improving the health and well-being of all North Carolinians through an innovative, whole-person centered and well-coordinated system of care that addresses both medical and non-medical drivers of health," said DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. "We look forward to working closely with the selected health plans toward that vision."  
 
DHHS accepted responses to the RFP until Oct. 12, after which an Evaluation Committee comprised of NC Medicaid employees conducted a thorough and fair evaluation to develop an award recommendation. The committee recommended the selection of four statewide PHPs. DHHS accepted the committee’s recommended four statewide PHPs and also selected one regional Provider-Led Entity PHP in regions 3 and 5 to ensure consistency with the intent of S.L. 2015-245, the authorizing legislation for Medicaid managed care. 
 
In 2015, the General Assembly directed the transition of Medicaid to a managed care structure. In managed care, DHHS will continue to oversee all aspects of the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs. However, PHPs will directly manage certain health services, assume financial risk and contract with providers to deliver services for beneficiaries.
 
This procurement is only for the Standard Plans in which 1.6 million Medicaid managed care beneficiaries will be enrolled. Tailored Plans, designed for certain populations with more specialized behavioral health needs, will be procured later. All Prepaid Health Plans selected today will be subject to rigorous oversight by DHHS to ensure strong provider networks, a full range of benefits, accountability for quality and outcomes, a positive beneficiary experience and timely payments to providers among aspects of a successful managed care program.  
 
Medicaid managed care Standard Plans will launch in two phases. The first will launch in November 2019 for beneficiaries in the following 27 counties: Alamance, Alleghany, Ashe, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Johnston, Nash, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Vance, Wake, Warren, Watauga, Wilkes, Wilson and Yadkin. Standard Plans will launch in the remaining counties in February 2020.
 
Starting in June, Medicaid beneficiaries who will transition to Medicaid managed care will receive more information on the Prepaid Health Plans in their area, including how to find out which plans include their doctor, and a phone number to get help to understand their choices. Those who live in the 27 counties launching in November 2019 will select a plan starting in July 2019. Beneficiaries in all other counties will select a plan starting in October 2019. 
 
A fact sheet with more information can be found at https://files.nc.gov/ncdhhs/medicaid/Medicaid-Factsheets-PHP-2.4.19.pdf. For additional information about Medicaid Transformation, please visit ncdhhs.gov/medicaid-transformation.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:55
 
SBOE Will Hold Hearing On 9th Congressional District Race on Feb. 18 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:49
The newly appointed, five-member State Board of Elections will hold a public evidentiary hearing later this month on claims of irregularities related to absentee by-mail voting and other alleged activities in certain counties in the 9th Congressional District.
 
The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, February 18 at the North Carolina State Bar, 217 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. It is expected to conclude within two days, but the State Board has reserved the site from February 18-20. 
 
A Notice of Hearing and Amended Order of Proceedings will be posted today on the State Board’s documents portal for the 9th Congressional District. 
 
Seating is limited, but the hearing likely will be live-streamed by pool camera. Media representatives who wish to attend in person are asked to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with names and contact information. Further information for media will be forthcoming.
 
Background: Because of an ongoing investigation, the State Board has not certified the results in the 9th Congressional District contest between Democrat Dan McCready and Republican Mark Harris, as well as three local contests in Bladen and Robeson counties.
 
The former nine-member State Board (four Democrats, four Republicans, one unaffiliated) voted 9-0 on November 27 and 7-2 on November 30 not to certify results as the investigation into absentee voting irregularities continued.
 
 
 
 
Application Deadline Extended To Feb. 10 For Program To Repair Homes Damaged By Hurricane Florence PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:27
The deadline for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to Sunday, February 10, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper announced today. That’s the date by which eligible homeowners need to complete the forms to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. The program provides partial repairs at no cost to homeowners so Hurricane Florence survivors can return to and remain in their homes while longer-term repairs continue. 
 
"We’ve seen a great response from homeowners interested in the STEP program and we want to encourage even more people to participate so they can stay in their homes and communities as they recover from Hurricane Florence,” said Gov. Cooper. “I’m pleased FEMA has agreed to give North Carolinians more time so that more North families can benefit, and I urge eligible homeowners to sign up right away.” 
 
The STEP program provides rapid, partial repairs to homes to make them livable and allows survivors to leave temporary housing and return home. The STEP program does not return a home to its pre-storm condition, but it does make it possible for families to return home while long-term repairs take place. 
 
The program is available to homeowners in Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Jones, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Robeson counties.
 
To participate in the STEP program, eligible homeowners must now sign a Right of Entry (ROE) form by February 10, 2019.
 
STEP program representatives will be available Monday through Friday this week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in three state disaster recovery centers to assist potential participants with questions, verify eligibility and assist in filling out forms. Those locations are:
 
* Brunswick County – Emergency Operations Center, Old Ocean Highway, Building C, Bolivia
* Craven County – 2825 Neuse Blvd., New Bern
* New Hanover County – Old Independence Mall, 3500 Oleander Dr., Wilmington
* Robeson County – Department of Social Services, 120 Glen Cowan Rd., Lumberton
 
Potentially eligible North Carolina storm survivors have received telephone calls, text messages and postcards to encourage them to apply to participate in the STEP program. Eligible homeowners were selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) based on data gathered from storm survivors who registered with FEMA. 
 
Once a homeowner completes the Right of Entry form, an inspector will visit the home to assess the damage. For homes confirmed eligible for STEP, the inspector will develop a repair plan. Depending on the level of damage, the repairs will be made by either a volunteer disaster relief group (NC Baptists on Mission or United Methodist Committee on Relief) or a professional contractor managed by the state.
 
To date, more than 100 homes have been repaired or are under repair through the STEP program, and work is ready to begin on many more homes. As of Friday, more than 3,100 homeowners have returned their ROE forms to indicate they wish to participate in STEP.
 
Among the kinds of repairs made through the STEP program:
 
* Exterior repairs include secure and watertight doors, windows and roof, and safe entrances.
* The home’s electrical and plumbing systems will be made safe and operational.
* Interior repairs include a functional kitchen – including a base cabinet under the sink, a surface to prepare food, basic refrigeration and cooking surfaces, a working sink – and a functional, private bathroom. 
 
“Getting people back in safe, livable homes in their own communities is key to recovering from Hurricane Florence and the STEP program can help. If you've been notified that this may be a good fit for your family, apply now," Gov. Cooper said.
 
The cost of the STEP program is being shared by the State of North Carolina and FEMA. There is no cost to homeowners to participate in the voluntary STEP program.
 
For survivors who choose to participate in the STEP program, completion of STEP repairs will end their eligibility for a FEMA travel trailer or mobile home and for Transitional Sheltering Assistance to stay in a hotel. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:30
 
Cooper Calls For Resignation Of Virginia Governor PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 February 2019 11:26

Governor Roy Cooper’s statement on the Virginia governor:

"This is a reprehensible picture that is deeply disappointing and I know must come with pain beyond what many of us can even understand," said Governor Cooper. "Resignation is the only way forward.”

 
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