2021 Advocacy Wins

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Through the continued advocacy efforts of our staff, Board of Directors, and the people we support, there were many achievements during the past year.

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Medicaid Transformation: Launch of the Tailored Plan Updated to December 2022

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

The Arc of North Carolina has been notified by North Carolina DHHS that the launch of the Medicaid Tailored Plan will now launch in December 2022. The plan was originally scheduled to launch in July 2022. The additional time will allow managed care organizations to work through challenges they’ve faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Desani's Story

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, but we think it is important to recognize the importance of employment for people with disabilities EVERY month! So, we are kicking off the month with a story about Desani.

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Statement on the “No Patient Left Alone Act” Being Signed into Law

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

October 21, 2021

The Arc of North Carolina wishes to thank Governor Roy Cooper and legislators in the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) for passing and signing Senate Bill 191, No Patient Left Alone Act, into law. We are grateful and appreciate the time of the legislators and staff who spoke with us and family members regarding the need for this legislation.

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Today is FASD Awareness Day!

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

Today, The Arc of North Carolina and Proof Alliance NC announced that Governor Roy Cooper has signed a state proclamation recognizing September as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Month. In North Carolina, 56% of women drank alcohol before becoming pregnant and 14% continued drinking during pregnancy. This means an estimated 16,600 babies are born in NC with alcohol exposure each year. In North Carolina, 44% of all pregnancies are unplanned. Studies show that up to 1 in 20 US school children may have an FASD, a rate that is higher than autism.

“It’s important for the public to understand FASD and the dangers of drinking while pregnant,” said Lauren Borchert, Program Coordinator, Proof Alliance NC. “This is a developmental disorder that is 100% preventable.”

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Update on Medicaid Enrollment

Posted by The Arc of North Carolina

We are re-launching our blog series on Medicaid Transformation. The series will address topics related to Medicaid Transformation, answer questions, and give you the most current information.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services continues moving forward with the implementation of NC Medicaid Managed Care. In March 2021, open enrollment for the Standard Plan began and will close on May 15, 2021. The Standard Plan will go live on July 1, 2021. If you are not familiar with the Standard Plan, it is like an insurance company that has a “standard” set of services for people who have basic medical and health-related needs. It does not have the kinds of community services you might receive now.

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