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The Office of the Governor of North Carolina released the following statement after learning that three liberal advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in federal court against State Board of Elections (SBOE), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Governor Pat McCrory announced funding is now available for the transport of patients suffering a mental health crisis to mental health centers instead of emergency departments.
North Carolina is requiring new packaging and label requirements on electronic cigarette products sold in the state, effective Dec. 1.
The Executive Mansion lit up orange Thursday evening during a lighting ceremony to support Hunger Action Month in North Carolina. N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Rick Brajer hosted the event on behalf of Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady Ann McCrory. N.C. Department of...
Chief of staff for two North Carolina governors and a U.S. senator, two-time chief of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Resources, the youngest state senator in North Carolina history at the time of his election, 16-year leader of the state's chamber of commerce.
Rick Brajer took the oath of office as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services today. Brajer succeeds Aldona Wos, MD, who has served as secretary since January 2013.
The resignation of state Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos, announced Wednesday, could bring Medicaid reform, a goal of Senate legislative leaders, one step closer
The Department of Health and Human Services reported today that the North Carolina Medicaid program ended the 2014-15 state fiscal year with $130.7 million cash on hand. This is the second consecutive year the Medicaid program has finished with cash on hand.
A withering state audit uncovered a pattern of abuses by a division director at the Department of Health and Human Services, unearthing $1.6 million in excessive salaries and wages, rampant nepotism, failure to follow state policies, and continuing lax oversight at the agency.
Governor Pat McCrory is welcoming back veterans with a new joint initiative between the administration's Division of Veterans Affairs and Duke University. The two-year partnership will focus on increasing mental health services for veterans, military families, and transitioning personnel within...
Before North Carolina considers Medicaid expansion, it should ensure its existing rolls are not bloated with ineligible recipients, and create a verification system to prevent adding even more unqualified beneficiaries, a national health policy analyst warns.
Just when we were beginning to trust that North Carolina's Medicaid program was better managed and actually spending within its allocated budget we learned the program hasn't been paying doctors and hospitals what they are owed.
In previous newsletters, I've discussed how both ends of the political spectrum strive to reform our nation's health care delivery system by following through with the "triple aim" concept of former CMS administrator Dr. Donald Berwick - increase access to care, reduce health care costs, and...
Last Monday, the John Locke Foundation hosted a thoughtful health care forum where three expert panelists offered insight on the status of Kansas, Louisiana, and Florida's Medicaid reforms. Featured speakers included Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, a pediatric plastic surgeon and leader of...
The prescription for improving North Carolina's Medicaid program has been a repetitive talking point for the past two years. The initial game plan back in April 2013 was for the state to contract with at least three private managed care organizations (MCOs) to take on full risk for managing...
A withering state audit uncovered a pattern of abuses by a division director at the Department of Health and Human Services, unearthing $1.6 million in excessive salaries and wages, rampant nepotism, failure to follow state policies, and continuing lax oversight at the agency.
Governor Pat McCrory is welcoming back veterans with a new joint initiative between the administration's Division of Veterans Affairs and Duke University. The two-year partnership will focus on increasing mental health services for veterans, military families, and transitioning personnel within...
The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Early Intervention Branch announces public review of and comment on the state's federal grant application under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
DHHS today announced contracts with two leading service firms - Alvarez and Marsal and Navigant Healthcare - to support the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA) as it continues its work to improve and strengthen operations of the North Carolina Medicaid program.
Today's updated numbers show that North Carolina continues to make significant progress toward meeting federal requirements for processing FNS (food stamp) applications and recertifications.
Counties across North Carolina continue to make headway toward the February 10 goal for eliminating backlogs of FNS (food stamp), with more than 1,100 additional applications processed on Tuesday.
Anthony Vellucci, Program Director for NC FAST (NC Families Accessing Services through Technology), will leave DHHS March 7 to join EngagePoint, a private healthcare software and IT services firm based in Maryland.
In the letter (attached), the USDA acknowledges the significant progress the state has made toward reducing the remaining outstanding cases.
As Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos places a top deputy temporarily in charge of the state's beleaguered Medicaid system, state Auditor Beth Wood has launched a cost and performance study of the nonprofit entity overseeing much of Medicaid, the joint federal/state...
A public meeting on Medicaid reform will be held by the N.C. Medicaid Reform Advisory Group and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Childhood hunger is a problem that affects almost every community in North Carolina. In 2013, over 806,000 low-income children received meals through the National School Lunch Program.
DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos held a late afternoon conference call with legislators to provide an update on NC FAST regarding the status of compliance with the USDA standards for Food and Nutrition Services (food stamps).
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today presented its Medicaid reform plan to the General Assembly.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Aldona Wos today announced that Dave Richard will become the Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services, effective March 14.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) seeks proposals from eligible nonprofit organizations to provide essential human services for persons with special needs.
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