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Applications for Low-Income Energy Assistance Accepted Starting Friday

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is accepting applications for the state's Low-Income Energy Assistance Program beginning Friday.

DHHS Temporarily Takes Over Cardinal Innovations to Return Organizational Focus to Consumers

Monday, November 27, 2017

Effective immediately, the N.C Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily assumed leadership of Cardinal Innovations, an LME-MCO authorized under state law to provide essential behavioral services using public funds.

DHHS Reports Data Security Incident

Friday, November 24, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is notifying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and affected individuals of a recent incident in which a spreadsheet containing personal information was sent in error to a vendor in an unencrypted email.

DHHS Submits Amendment to Medicaid Waiver Application

Monday, November 20, 2017

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services an amendment to the 1115 Demonstration Waiver application originally submitted by North Carolina in 2016. Submitting this amended waiver application is an important next step in implementing the Proposed Program Design for Medicaid Managed Care that DHHS published in August.

DHHS Statement on Cardinal Innovations

Monday, November 20, 2017

DHHS has released two documents related to our investigation of Cardinal Innovations. First, as required by state law, DHHS Office of Internal Audit has conducted a six-month Follow-Up Assessment based on the Office of State Audit report that was released in May 2017. Second, DHHS Office of Internal Audit has provided an additional interim report to DHHS leadership associated with a site visit it conducted at Cardinal Innovations on October 30.

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.