Big changes are coming to NC Medicaid and Health Choice (CHIP). Families will have a new world of health care decisions to navigate. The early childhood community has a critical role to play to make sure that families are informed! Here’s a new resource to help you.
In North Carolina, 1.4 million children depend on NC Medicaid and Health Choice for their health care. Both of these key programs will be transforming from the current model, which is mostly fee-for-service, to a new program that is mostly managed care. This means the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), who oversees these two important programs, has now contracted with private health plans to offer insurance coverage to participants.
The NC Medicaid Transformation process will be rolled out across different regions of North Carolina at different times throughout 2019 and 2020. Families and community members using NC Medicaid and Health Choice have the opportunity to select a plan that works best for them among the choices provided. Participants can call or go online to make their selection.
Our excellent partners at NC Child, their Parent Advisory Council, and their partners – Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, Disability Rights NC, Legal Aid NC, NC Justice Center, and Pisgah Legal – have created an easy-to-understand handout for families on changes to Medicaid. The one-pager is available in English and Spanish. See links below.
Please share widely with your networks and any community members that can benefit from this great resource! Thank you to all the parent and family leaders that contributed to its development.
The mission of NC Medicaid is to use resources and partnerships to improve health care for all North Carolinians. Learn more about NC Medicaid Transformation on the NCDHHS website. It is considered the most significant change to NC Medicaid in over 40 years.