Press Releases

Health Officials Investigate Amebic Infection

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mecklenburg County and North Carolina state health officials received notification from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the June 19 death of an Ohio resident who recently visited North Carolina is suspected to be from an ameba that is naturally present in warm lakes during the summer.

Governor McCrory Signs Life-Saving Overdose Prevention Legislation

Monday, June 20, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory joined law enforcement officers, first responders, legislators and health care officials today at the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office to sign legislation making naloxone, a life-saving opioid reversal drug that has already saved 3,300 North Carolinians, more accessible.

ICYMI: Secretary Brajer Talks Medicaid Reform on ‘Legislative Week in Review’

Monday, June 13, 2016 Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer talked Medicaid Reform during an appearance June 10, 2016 on UNC-TV’s Legislative Week in Review. His discussion with host Kelly McCullen focused on how the proposed shift from fee-for-service to person-centered care will result in improved patient outcomes. The interview begins at 12:21 into the program and runs to 18:42.

ICYMI: Secretary Brajer Talks Medicaid Reform on 'Capital Tonight'

Friday, June 10, 2016 On June 1, Governor Pat McCrory submitted North Carolina's Medicaid Reform plan (Section 1115 demonstration) application to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Over the next 18 months or so, CMS will review the application and discuss the reform plan in detail with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Officials Encourage Caution as Temperatures Rise

Friday, June 10, 2016

As North Carolina approaches summer, health officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are urging citizens to take extra precautions against heat-related illnesses.

ICYMI: Comprehensive mental health center opens in Asheville

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Under Governor McCrory's administration, the Crisis Solutions Initiative, administered by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, focuses on identifying and implementing the best known strategies for crisis care while reducing avoidable visits to emergency departments and involvement with the criminal justice system. For more information on the Crisis Solutions initiative, visit Comprehensive mental health center opens in Asheville 

State's Medicaid Program Projects Third Straight Year of Cash on Hand

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) expects to finish the year with approximately $250 million cash on hand in the state’s Medicaid program.

Governor McCrory Proposes Budget Priorities to Support Families, Vulnerable Citizens

Monday, April 11, 2016

Surrounded by families, children, first responders, advocates and care providers, Governor Pat McCrory unveiled his budget priorities to further promote a healthy North Carolina. The governor’s budget proposal will expand services to strengthen families and support North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens.

N.C. Division of Public Health supports call for EPA to develop nationwide safe water standards

Friday, April 1, 2016

Efforts by a national organization of public health agency peers to have a uniform set of nationwide drinking water standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency has been embraced by the North Carolina Division of Public Health.  The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials took the stand last month.

Myths vs Facts: What New York Times, Huffington Post and other media outlets aren't saying about common-sense privacy law

Friday, March 25, 2016 1. Does the new bill limit or prohibit private sector companies from adopting their own nondiscrimination policies or practices?Answer: No. Businesses are not limited by this bill. Private individuals, companies and universities can adopt new or keep existing nondiscrimination policies.