Press Releases

Statement on Release of Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plan

Thursday, November 9, 2017

DHHS today released “Behavioral Health and Intellectual/Developmental Disability Tailored Plan,” the first in a series of Medicaid managed care program concept papers. These concept papers, which DHHS will continue to release over the next several months, provide details on certain components of the managed care program design. DHHS invites stakeholders to provide input by sending an email to Visit the DHHS Medicaid Transformation website at for more on the North Carolina Medicaid transition to managed care.

DHHS, Advisory Committee on Cancer Launch New Data Resource

Friday, November 3, 2017

The publication, “Reducing the Burden of Cancer in North Carolina: A Data and Resource Guide for Communities to Fight Cancer,” which is available online, details where cancer is most concentrated in North Carolina, which population groups experience the highest burden of cancer, and what public health professionals and partnering agencies can do to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals and their families. 

DHHS Releases Request for Information for Medicaid Managed Care Program

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today asked health care providers, health plans and other stakeholders to provide information that will help the department transform the state Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs to managed care, as directed by the General Assembly in 2015.

State Health Officials Report Two Flu-Related Deaths, Encourage Vaccination

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the state’s first flu-related deaths of the 2017-18 season after two adults died of complications from influenza infection from mid-to-late October. One of the deaths occurred in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, and the other occurred in the eastern region of the state.

Members Named to State Science Advisory Board to Advise on Emerging Chemicals

Thursday, October 19, 2017 The heads of the state environmental and public health agencies today announced the new members of the newly expanded Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential impacts to human health and the environment. The board of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields will study ways to better protect North Carolina’s people and environment from new and emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium.

DHHS Secretary Gets Flu Shot, Advises North Carolinians to Vaccinate with Flu Season Underway

Thursday, October 12, 2017

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., got her flu shot Thursday and encouraged others to get vaccinated, too, with the flu season underway.

North Carolina Focused on Improving Infant Mortality Rate

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Carolina’s infant mortality rate dipped by 1.4 percent in 2016 to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births, compared with the 2015 rate of 7.3 infant deaths. The infant death rate has essentially plateaued, although this slight decrease is encouraging.

Rowan County EMS Team Wins NC's 2017 Paramedic Championship

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rowan County EMS' Daniel Medina and Aaron Thurston claimed top honors following the 27th Annual Paramedic Competition, held at the Koury Convention Center during the annual Emergency Medicine Today Conference.

DHHS Statement on Audit of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions

Monday, October 2, 2017

Statement from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on its audit of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions:

After the Office of the State Auditor found unreasonable spending by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions, DHHS sent auditors to conduct a detailed examination and determined that in addition to the excessive salary for the CEO, several employees have severance allowances that may stretch to 36 months. This is excessive and raises concerns about the entity’s solvency and ability to continue to provide services in the event of a significant change in its leadership team. Cardinal should immediately bring its salary/compensation package for its CEO in line with the other LME/MCOs, and shed its excessive severance offerings. DHHS will continue to monitor Cardinal’s performance.

DHHS Begins Reform of Social Services

Friday, September 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health Human Services' Division of Social Services collaborated with the Office of State Budget and Management, which today released a request for proposal seeking a qualified vendor to conduct assessments of the state’s current social services and child welfare programs and develop a comprehensive plan for reform. Proposals are due Nov. 16, and a contract will be in place by March 1, 2018.