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Last Week for Open Enrollment for Federal Health Care Marketplace

Friday, December 6, 2019

Governor Roy Cooper today reminded North Carolinians who need health insurance or need to re-enroll or change plans for 2020 coverage to sign up before the December 15 deadline. Many people who get their insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace get help paying for their premiums and may also be able to get help with copayments and deductibles.

DHHS Expanding Outpatient Treatment Options at Walter B. Jones Center

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is expanding services at the Walter B. Jones Center to include outpatient opioid treatment for residents of eastern North Carolina.

Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Program Accepted Starting Monday

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will begin accepting applications through county social services departments for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

Governor Cooper Announces $6.5 Million in Grants for Partnerships to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Monday, November 25, 2019

A new federal grant will help North Carolina partner with local justice systems — including local law enforcement, courts and others — to prevent opioid overdoses and connect people to treatment. Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was awarded $6.5 million over the next three years by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Disaster Preparedness Funding to Rural Health Care Providers Better Prepare for Disasters

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Office of Rural Health (ORH) has awarded 23 grants for disaster preparedness to health care providers affected by Hurricane Florence. The grants will support safety net health care providers, including rural health centers and non-profit rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, health departments and small rural hospitals, with service sites impacted by the storm.

Legislators Adjourn Without Taking Actions Required for Medicaid Managed Care; DHHS Suspends Implementation of Managed Care

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced that because the NC General Assembly did not take needed action, managed care implementation and open enrollment for NC Medicaid must be suspended. The General Assembly adjourned last week without providing required new spending and program authority for the transition to managed care. Managed care will not go live on Feb. 1, 2020.

Early Childhood Data Available for all NC Counties

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The NC Department of Health and Human Services has released county data for the 10 goals and more than 50 measures that are part of the state’s Early Childhood Action Plan. These new data reports are available for all 100 counties and cover issues such as infant mortality, food and housing security, emergency room visits, child health, foster care, early learning and early literacy.

NC Continues Work to Assist People Living with Mental Illness to Find Housing, Services

Friday, November 8, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services submitted an annual report to the legislature on Nov. 1 highlighting significant progress in the Transition to Community Living Initiative (TCLI) to assist people with mental illness find housing and services in the community.

NC Public Health and Emergency Management Officials Conducting Ebola Drill

Monday, November 4, 2019

Officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Safety will be participating with federal, state and local officials in a multi-state Ebola virus disease  emergency preparedness exercise Nov. 4–8, 2019. 

Lung Injury Cases Related to Vaping Increase; E-cigarette Use on the Rise

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The number of North Carolina cases of severe lung injury associated with e-cigarette use or vaping continues to rise with 61 cases in people ranging in age from 13 to 72. The North Carolina cases are among a rising outbreak reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of 1,604 cases and 34 deaths in the United States and the US Virgin Islands as of Oct. 22. The acute lung injury cases have occurred in the context of a rapid rise of e-cigarette use by young people.