Press Releases

NC Medicaid Requests Temporary Plan Changes to Respond COVID-19

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has sought authority from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to temporarily waive certain Medicaid and NC Health Choice policies as part of North Carolina’s response to the COVID-19. The waivers will provide flexibility to NC Medicaid and providers to address the urgent health care needs of beneficiaries during this public health emergency.

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.

Carolina Complete Health Awarded Additional Region in Medicaid Managed Care

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has expanded the regions awarded to Carolina Complete Health Inc. to serve as a prepaid health plan under the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care. In addition to serving regions 3 and 5 in the state, the provider-led health plan will also serve region 4.

North Carolina Receives 1115 Waiver Approval, a Major Milestone for Medicaid and NC Health Care System

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

North Carolina today received federal approval to implement the transition to Medicaid managed care and integrate physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy benefits. Receiving approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the amended 1115 Demonstration Waiver application submitted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 is a major milestone in implementing North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation and in moving the state’s health care system toward further integration and coordination.

DHHS Provides More Ways to Avoid Disruption of NC Medicaid Services During Hurricane Florence Recovery

Friday, September 21, 2018

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced additional flexibilities to expand its efforts to ensure Medicaid and NC Health Choice services can be quickly delivered to those impacted by Hurricane Florence. These new flexibilities will help people in Medicaid receive care without disruption and give health care providers leeway to deliver services with fewer limits.

DHHS Will Seek Flexibility for People in Medicaid to Avoid Disruptions in Care Due to Hurricane Florence

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced broad efforts to work with federal and county partners to provide additional flexibility to people enrolled in the Medicaid program and their health care providers during and after Hurricane Florence.

DHHS Releases Request for Proposal for Prepaid Health Plans

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Today the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for organizations wishing to participate in Medicaid managed care as Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) when the program launches in 2019.

DHHS Awards Contract for Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Broker Services to MAXIMUS

Friday, August 3, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced that it has awarded its contract for Medicaid managed care enrollment broker services to MAXIMUS, a government services provider based in Reston, Va. This is the first procurement contract award as the state prepares to move toward Medicaid managed care in North Carolina, a major milestone in the Medicaid transformation process.

First Medicaid Scorecard Provides Insight into Areas North Carolina Can Improve

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services released its first-ever Medicaid Scorecard intended to advance a longer-term goal to improve understanding of Medicaid performance nationally. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services supports this effort and looks forward to working with CMS to improve the accuracy and comparability of the measures.

DHHS Releases Paper on Provider Transition to Medicaid Managed Care

Friday, May 18, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today released a policy paper with information for health care providers regarding the transition to Medicaid managed care, expected to launch in 2019.