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COVID 19 Trends Stabilize PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 March 2021 09:36
On March 17, 2021, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.
 
Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.
 
Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is decreasing, however, with new, more contagious variants in the state, we need to keep our guard up.
 
Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is decreasing.
 
Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is decreasing.
In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.
 
Testing
Testing is widely available across the state.
 
Tracing Capability
There have been more than 790,406 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.
 
Personal Protective Equipment
North Carolina’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.
 
House Passes Bill To Expand Care For Children With Autism PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 March 2021 08:50
The state House unanimously approved legislation (House Bill 91) to expand access to care for children with autism by reducing and streamlining unnecessary regulations. A similar bill in the Senate was unanimously approved on Tuesday. 
 
“During this process, I have heard from countless families across the state who are desperate to see this happen,” said primary bill sponsor Rep. John Bell (R-Wayne). “This bipartisan bill is a game-changer for thousands of families affected by autism in North Carolina. I want to thank my former colleague Rep. Chuck McGrady for his tireless efforts in previous sessions to get this bill approved. 
 
Currently, North Carolina is the only state in the country where behavior analysts who provide highly effective treatment to children with autism are required to operate under the supervision of licensed psychologists. 
 
This has had led to fewer providers, higher costs, and limited access to treatment, particularly in rural areas. 
 
To remove this barrier and expand access to care for children with autism, House Bill 91 will allow behavior analysts to operate independently and provide treatment directly to those in need, which they are already qualified to do.
 
Governor Cooper Nominates Four Special Superior Court Judges PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 18 March 2021 08:47
Governor Roy Cooper nominated four indivduals to serve as Special Superior Court judges with designations to the Business Court.

 

Two of these nominations are for re-appointments of current Business Court judges, the Hon. Adam Conrad and the Hon. Michael Robinson, and two nominations are for new appointments.

 

“The Business Courts play a critical role in North Carolina’s justice system, and I'm confident in the ability of each of these judges to serve our state in a fair, honorable way,” Governor Cooper said.

 

Gov. Cooper has nominated the Hon. Adam Conrad to be re-appointed as a Business Court Judge after his term expires on December 23, 2021. Since 2016, Conrad has been on the North Carolina Business Court, where he has served on multiple eCourts committees. He previously worked at King & Spalding LLP and was a clerk for the Hon. Clarence Thomas in the United States Supreme Court. Conrad earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.

 

Gov. Cooper has nominated the Hon. Michael Robinson to be re-appointed as a Business Court Judge for another term starting July 1, 2021. Robinson has served on the North Carolina Business Court since 2016 and recently became an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. He has more than 30 years of legal experience in North Carolina and has served on a variety of boards and committees across the state. Robinson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

 

Gov. Cooper has nominated Julianna Earp to be appointed as a Special Superior Court Judge and designated as a Business Court Judge starting July 1, 2021, filling the vacancy created on January 1, 2021. Earp served as an Office Managing Partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. Previously, she was Chair of the Management Committee at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. She was recognized on the Triad Business Journal’s Power Players List in 2019 and 2020. Earp earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.

 

Gov. Cooper has nominated the Hon. Mark Davis to be appointed as a Special Superior Court Judge and designated as a Business Court Judge for a term beginning July 1, 2021. Judge Davis served as a Visiting Distinguished Jurist in Residence at Elon University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Previously, he was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina and an Associate Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Judge Davis earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law and his Master of Laws from Duke University School of Law.
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2021 08:49
 
NC Opens Enrollment For Medicaid Managed Care PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 15 March 2021 10:24
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the launch of statewide open enrollment for NC Medicaid Managed Care. Beneficiaries can enroll online, by calling the NC Medicaid Managed Care Call Center at 833-870-5500 (TTY: 833-870-5588) or through the free NC Medicaid Managed Care mobile app available on Google Play or the App Store. They can also use the mail-in forms sent to them in the enrollment packet. 
 
“With the start of NC Medicaid Managed Care open enrollment, families now have the chance to make important decisions about their health care to prepare for managed care launch in July,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “There are many resources available to help families select the health plans and providers that best meet their specific needs.”
 
The NC Medicaid Managed Care website offers a wide variety of tools and information to assist beneficiaries in choosing a primary care provider (PCP) and a health plan for their families’ care. Tools include frequently asked questions, a chat function, the Medicaid and NC Health Choice Provider and Health Plan Lookup Tool with four categories of search capabilities, advanced search based on specialty and the ability to view all providers within an organization/location and by practice name.
 
Most people who receive Medicaid can choose from five health plans as part of the state’s transition to managed care. Some people will not need to choose a health plan because of the type of health services they need. All health plans are required to have the same Medicaid services, such as office visits, blood tests and X-rays. Health plans each have their own network of qualified doctors and health care professionals. Health plans also have added services such as educational assistance and programs to have a healthy pregnancy. People can choose a PCP from their health plan’s network to deliver their families’ Medicaid services.
 
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Tribal Option is an additional managed care option, and the first Indian Managed Care Entity in the nation that is available for federally recognized Tribal members and individuals eligible to receive services through the Indian Health Service. 
Open enrollment ends May 14, 2021. Beneficiaries who enroll with a health plan during open enrollment will have the opportunity to select a PCP from a list of contracted providers. If they do not choose a health plan before May 14, one will be assigned to them by NC Medicaid. In the first 90 days after their coverage effective date, beneficiaries can change health plans for any reason. After that, unless there is a special reason, beneficiaries cannot change health plans until the next Medicaid recertification date.
 
For more information, beneficiaries can reference the enrollment packets that were mailed to them, visit the NC Medicaid Managed Care website or call the NC Medicaid Managed Care Call Center at 833-870-5500 (TTY: 833-870-5588).
 
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