Hurricane Florence Recovery Continues

November 29, 2018

Hurricane Florence barreled down on North Carolina through most of the week of September 10th, 2018. That seems like a long time ago, but the recovery process is ongoing. The impact—both service and cost related—is difficult to tally for the BH/IDD public system, partly because the costs can continue for several months after the actual…


Elections Open the Door for Changes

November 15, 2018

The November elections brought changes to the make-up of the 2019 General Assembly and specifically to the health and human services committees. It is too early to say how that will impact future discussions on the public BH/IDD system and the public health and human service system as a whole. Current legislators are not quite…

Medicaid Transformation

Medicaid Transformation Gets 1115 Waiver Approval

October 31, 2018

NC DHHS announced on October 24th that the 1115 Medicaid waiver application has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS). This approval was a major hurdle to overcome and now almost guarantees the timeline that NC DHHS had set for implementation going forward. The approved waiver includes the BH/IDD Tailored Plans…


CMS Approves NC’s 1115 Medicaid Managed Care Waiver

October 24, 2018

Today, NC DHHS confirmed they received approval from CMS for the Medicaid 1115 Waiver to move ahead with Medicaid managed care and integrated health. More info You can also find summary briefs on issues affecting BH/IDD services integration on our Medicaid Transformation page.

Medicaid Transformation

Responses Received on RFP for Standard Plan

October 22, 2018

DHHS has posted on their website the names of the organizations that responded to the Standard Plan RFP to be either a statewide plan or a provider-led entity.  They are as follows: Aetna AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina Healthy Blue – a partnership of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Amerigroup Partnership Plan…


NC General Assembly Passes Hurricane Relief Legislation

October 16, 2018

On October 15, legislators came together to pass important hurricane relief for those affected by Florence. The legislation included Single Stream Funding for LME/MCOs to provide MH/IDD/SUD services to those assessed to be in need of care that reside in federally declared disaster areas. The bill also included funding for housing to allow the North Carolina Housing…

Medicaid Transformation

NC DHHS Puts More Meat on Medicaid Transformation Bones – Care Management/General

August 15, 2018

By all accounts, there is a lot going on in preparation for moving Medicaid physical healthcare to a managed care model. The General Assembly passed State Law 2018-48, which provided additional direction to NC DHHS on Medicaid Transformation and specifically allowed for the Standard Plan to include the mild-to-moderate behavioral health Medicaid population. NC DHHS…


i2i 2017-2018 Legislative Session Bill Tracker

July 12, 2018

Download Print Version (.docx) Notes: Bills that did not pass must be re-introduced in the 2019 Long Session to be considered, unless discussed in a special session. S.L. = Enacted as State Law SFY = State Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30), e.g. SFY18-19 = State Fiscal Year July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 Appropriations…