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NC DOT Gets Reimbursement For Florence Repairs PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 09:59

The State of North Carolina and FEMA have approved to reimburse the North Carolina Department of Transportation for road system repairs from Hurricane Florence damage in 2018.

Funding from FEMA’s Public Assistance program covers repair of roads, embankments and culverts that were washed out in Columbus County by the storm’s fast-moving floodwaters. FEMA’s share for the project is $1,149,662 and the state’s share is $383,220.

The grant brings to more than $91 million FEMA’s total reimbursement to the NCDOT for Hurricane Florence-related expenses.

FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs and the remaining 25 percent is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state to disburse to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

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DHHS Extends Medicaid Managed Care Open Enrollment PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 18 May 2021 11:34
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is extending open enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care through Friday, May 21. This extension will not impact the NC Medicaid Managed Care launch date of July 1, 2021.
 
"Open enrollment allows NC Medicaid beneficiaries to choose a health plan that best suits the needs of their family," said Deputy Secretary for NC Medicaid Dave Richard. "We want to be sure beneficiaries have every opportunity to choose a plan, so even after open enrollment ends, they have until Sept. 30 to pick a different plan for any reason."
 
Beneficiaries can enroll in a health plan by calling the NC Medicaid Enrollment Broker Call Center at 833-870-5500 (TTY: 833-870-5588), going to ncmedicaidplans.gov or using the free NC Medicaid Managed Care mobile app available on Google Play or the App Store. The NC Medicaid Enrollment Broker also provides choice counseling to help beneficiaries determine which health plan is best for them. Most beneficiaries in NC Medicaid must be enrolled in a managed care health plan. More information can be found on the “Do I Need to Choose a Health Plan?” fact sheet.
 
To ensure health care continues without interruption, beneficiaries who do not choose a health plan by May 21 will be automatically enrolled in a health plan by NC Medicaid. The auto-enrollment process prioritizes existing relationships between beneficiaries and their primary care provider and, where possible, a plan that has contracted with that provider will be selected for the beneficiary.
 
Federally recognized tribal members living in the Tribal service area who do not choose a health plan by May 21 will be enrolled into the EBCI Tribal Option. The EBCI Tribal Option is primarily offered in five counties: Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson and Swain to federally recognized tribal members and others eligible for services through Indian Health Service (IHS).
 
Whether beneficiaries enroll through the NC Medicaid Enrollment Broker or are auto-enrolled by NC Medicaid, everyone will have through Sept. 30, 2021, to change their health plan or primary care provider for any reason.
 
Beneficiaries are encouraged to reference the letter received from NC Medicaid Managed Care, visit the NC Medicaid Enrollment Broker website at ncmedicaidplans.gov or call the Enrollment Broker Call Center at 833-870-5500 (TTY: 833-870-5588). 
 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 May 2021 11:37
 
Cooper Signs Executive Order In Response To Colonial Pipeline Shutdown PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 13 May 2021 09:16
Governor Roy Cooper today signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in North Carolina and temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state. On May 7, 2021, the Colonial Pipeline system reported a ransomware cyber-attack, resulting in a temporary shutdown of that line. The Colonial Pipeline is a primary fuel pipeline for North Carolina. 
 
“Today’s emergency declaration will help North Carolina prepare for any potential motor vehicle fuel supply interruptions across the state and ensure motorists are able to have access to fuel,” said Governor Cooper.
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Senate Passes Bill Targeting Drug Addiction Patient Brokering PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 13 May 2021 09:13
The North Carolina Senate today passed the Stop Addiction Fraud Emergency (SAFE) Act, sponsored by Sens. Jim Burgin (R-Harnett), Joyce Krawiec (R-Forsyth), and Jim Perry (R-Lenoir). 
 
The measure targets "patient brokers," who refer people addicted to drugs to rehabilitation facilities in exchange for fees, or kickbacks. Brokers target drug abusers and lead them to rehab clinics, many of which are out of state, that pay the brokers for the referral. 
 
In some cases, brokers track drug abusers and reintroduce them to their addiction so they can earn referral fees again and again for the same patient. 
 
The SAFE Act would make it unlawful for any rehabilitation facility to pay referral fees or for any third party to solicit referral fees.
 
Sen. Burgin said, "There are awful stories from around the country of patient brokers targeting vulnerable people with addictions and cycling them through rehabilitation facilities, all for a cash kickback. That practice is already illegal in many states, and it should be illegal in North Carolina, too." 
 
Sen. Krawiec said, "People who struggle with addiction, and their families, are already going through so much. They don't need unscrupulous patient brokers misleading them in search of a kickback." 
 
Sen. Perry said, "Patient brokers prey upon the most vulnerable and they must be stopped. This bill allows local prosecutors to take action against patient brokers, just like authorities in other states and at the federal level can." 
 
The U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2018 to make patient brokering a federal crime. The SAFE Act would similarly make patient brokering illegal in North Carolina, which would allow the practice to be prosecuted locally.
 
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