Press Releases

NC Medicaid Increases Support to Protect Those Most at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 and to Maintain Access to Services

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Division of Health Benefits (NC Medicaid) will temporarily increase payments rates to long-term care providers and facilities to support them in caring for Medicaid beneficiaries who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Medicaid will also be temporarily increasing rates to behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disability and specialized therapy providers for vulnerable children and adults in outpatient and residential settings.

North Carolina Reports First COVID-19 Associated Deaths

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the first COVID-19 associated deaths. 

NCDHHS Announces Hotline for Critical Workers Seeking Child Care Options

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has partnered with the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network to launch a hotline to provide child care options for children of critical workers who do not have access to typical care because of COVID-19 closures.

Governor Cooper Requests Major Disaster Declaration for COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 In a letter to President Trump, Governor Roy Cooper has requested a major disaster declaration for the State of North Carolina due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19 on North Carolina. “It’s important that we help North Carolinians stay protected from the health impacts of COVID-19 and recover economically from the financial impacts this crisis is having on our state,” Cooper said.

Governor Cooper Directs Funding to Schools to Teach and Feed Students During COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Governor Cooper directed $50 million in school funding flexibility to help public schools and support the greatest needs to serve students during the COVID-19 crisis. Governor Cooper has ordered North Carolina public schools to remain closed to in-class instruction through May 15. 

Governor’s Working Group Getting Food to Children Who are Out of School; Connecting Families to Child Care

Monday, March 23, 2020

With schools closed to in-person instruction, many children across North Carolina are getting their daily meals from school districts and community partners. All 115 public school districts – many working with community partners such as food banks and faith-based entities – have approved plans to serve meals to children in North Carolina. As of March 22nd, more than 1,165 schools had already served 1.2 million meals and 6,500 snacks.

Governor Cooper Extends School Closure Date To May; Orders Group Limit To 50 People

Monday, March 23, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper ordered tighter limits on gatherings and extended school closures statewide to May 15, 2020. 

Governor Cooper Orders Increased Access to Childcare, DMV Clarifications

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper has waived restrictions to increase access to caregivers to provide flexible child care and elder care during the coronavirus emergency. The Order provides flexibility to local health departments working to adapt to the increased need for their resources.

Governor Cooper Pushes for Key Federal Changes to Make Food, Healthcare More Accessible

Friday, March 20, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper has written to President Donald J. Trump to ask for key waivers that will allow North Carolina to adapt federal food and healthcare programs to better serve North Carolinians in the COVID-19 crisis.

NC Medicaid Increasing Eligible Technology and Provider Types for Telemedicine to Address COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020

NC Medicaid today announced several policy changes around the use of telemedicine in response to COVID-19. These changes will enable Medicaid beneficiaries to continue to access the care they need.