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June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

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June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

ASNC and a coalition of groups across IDD, aging, and home and community-based health services will be rallying at the General Assembly on June 9 in support of increased wages for direct support workers.¬†¬† Legislators have heard¬†our¬†decade of advocacy¬†for increased access to services,¬†and¬†we¬†expect¬†to see more waiver slots in the upcoming budget.¬†Access to waivers must go…

Public Policy Update

Listen to our latest podcast about these policy developments.   Federal Actions¬† American Rescue¬†Act: Congress¬†passed an additional COVID and economic relief bill – the American Rescue Plan (ARP)¬†– in early¬†March.¬†The legislation¬†includes¬†a number of¬†items meant to address ongoing¬†problems related to the pandemic including¬†$1,400¬†stimulus¬†checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities);¬†an extension of unemployment benefits;¬†additional funding…

Update on Medicaid Transformation: What You Need to Know

The NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is in the process of implementing Medicaid transformation in North Carolina. In this process, Medicaid recipients will have their health services transitioned from a fee-for-service model to managed care, which allows for physical and behavioral health services to be administered in one plan. Our state‚Äôs plan…

Parent to Parent, Part 2: Practical Considerations for End-of-Life Planning

In part one of this two-part series, we addressed the fact that parents and caregivers for loved ones with disabilities such as autism will need to plan in advance for their eventual death to ensure the appropriate steps are taken for their loved one in their absence. In abstract terms, this process includes envisioning the…

Setting the Record Straight: Medicaid Waivers, Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid Transformation

Note: The following is a primer on several issues happening at the same time in our Medicaid system. For background information on Medicaid as a whole, and how Medicaid works in North Carolina, please refer to the ‚ÄúMedicaid Basics‚ÄĚ information at the end of this post, content re-published from our public policy papers available on…

Medicaid Transformation Suspended

Update, March 2021: If you are looking for more recent information about Medicaid Transformation, please visit this post. ——- Editor‚Äôs note: This is an update to information posted Sept. 11, 2019. The managed-care rollout has been suspended by DHHS at this time. As a result of the budget impasse, NC DHHS has suspended the roll…

New Timeline for Medicaid Transformation

Update, March 2021: If you are looking for more recent information about Medicaid Transformation, please visit¬†this post. Editor‚Äôs note: This¬†is an update to¬†information¬†posted¬†July 16, 2019.¬†The¬†managed-care¬†rollout¬†has been¬†changed to one phase¬†for the whole state¬†in February 2020, rather than starting in November 2019¬†with some counties.¬†Open enrollment¬†is now scheduled to¬†end on December¬†13 for all counties.¬† The NC Department of…

Medicaid Transformation: What You Need to Know

Update, March 2021: If you are looking for more recent information about Medicaid Transformation, please visit¬†this post. Editor‚Äôs note: This information is current as of July 16, 2019. Please note, a variety of factors may affect the timeline or other components of the transformation plan. The NCGA, state budget, and other system or administrative issues…

Governor releases budget; NCGA begins budget process

Gov. Roy Cooper released his two-year $25.2 billion budget proposal, a 5.4% increase over last year‚Äôs enacted budget, with a clear focus on education, health care, and the state‚Äôs infrastructure. Among the highlights was a 9.1% average raise for teachers over two years, a one-time 2% cost-of-living adjustment for retired state employees, and Medicaid expansion….