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Public Policy Update | May 23

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Public Policy Update | May 23

Autism Society of North Carolina Public Policy updates: I/DD Caucus meeting draws advocates to NCGA Tailored Plan Reminders Survey on the Innovations Waiver Supports Budget Process   I/DD Caucus meeting brings advocates to the NC General Assembly (NCGA). On Tuesday May 14, members of the Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability legislative caucus met to hear testimony…

I/DD Advocacy Day Opportunity | May 14, 2024

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and Meet the Need NC are organizing advocates to attend a Listening Session at the NC Legislative I/DD Caucus meeting on Tuesday, May 14. The I/DD Caucus is working to educate legislators about the needs of the I/DD community, in particular the 17,500+ waiting list for Innovations waivers…

ASNC Public Policy Update

NCGA starts legislative short session; NC Center for Safer Schools issues guidance regarding school Threat Assessment Teams; Tailored Plan Reminders North Carolina General Assembly is back in session. Legislators have returned to Raleigh for the start of the ‚Äúshort‚ÄĚ legislative session that takes place in even numbered years. During this briefer legislative session, lawmakers consider…

ASNC Public Policy Update

In this public policy update: Medicaid Tailored Plans move forward; B(3) Services transition to 1915i; Samantha R lawsuit consent order; State releases new Olmstead Plan for 2024-2026. Medicaid Tailored Plans will move forward as the next phase of Medicaid Transformation goes into effect. North Carolina has been changing its Medicaid system for several years. The…

Innovations Waiver Up for Renewal – Public Comments Needed

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has notified us that the Innovations waiver is up for renewal. In NC our Innovations (1915c) waiver is generally approved for five years.¬† ¬† The NC 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Innovations Waiver‚Äôs‚ÄĮcurrent 5-year cycle period will expire on June 30, 2024. NC Medicaid‚Äôs goal is…

Elections 2024: Voting Deadlines and Changes

There are three ways to vote in North Carolina: from home, in person and in a facility. North Carolina made changes to legislative districts, to voting laws for absentee voting, and a 2022 court decision made changes to laws regarding¬† voting a as a person with a disability. These changes are outlined below.¬†¬† Voting in¬†primaries…

Public Policy Update – LME MCO Consolidations and Appendix K Flexibilities

LME MCO Changes¬† North Carolina‚Äôs six Local Management Entities Managed Care Organizations (LME MCOs) which are responsible for the regional management of a unified system of intellectual and/or developmental disability, mental health, and substance use services are undergoing consolidation and the realignment of some counties before the implementation of the Tailored Plans in July of…

1915i Services ‚Äď What Are They? Eligibility, and How to Apply

Medicaid in North Carolina is now offering new services to people with Medicaid who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD), including autism, as well as those with mental health issues and substance use disorders. .¬† In order to receive these services you must be enrolled in a Tailored Plan (Alliance, Vaya, Partners or Trillium).¬†…

Medicaid ‚Äď Will you be eligible for health care under the new expanded Medicaid program?

Starting December 1, 2023, North Carolina will expand health insurance coverage under Medicaid to people up to 138% of the federal poverty guidelines. This means more people will qualify including people who were not eligible previously.¬†¬† NC Medicaid covers most health services. It includes doctor visits, check-ups, emergency care, hospital services, maternity and postpartum care,…