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State Announces Prepaid Health Plan Contracts for Medicaid Managed Care

The NC Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of Prepaid Health Plans on February 4th that will participate in Medicaid Managed Care when the program launches in November 2019.

Statewide contracts were awarded to AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina, Inc.; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; UnitedHealthcare of North Carolina, Inc; and WellCare of North Carolina, Inc. A regional contract for Regions 3 and 5 was awarded to Carolina Complete Health, Inc. Region 3 consists of the Piedmont Region around Charlotte and Region 5 consists of southeastern North Carolina.

In making the announcement NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD, said, “We are committed to improving the health and well-being of all North Carolinians through an innovative, whole-person centered and well-coordinated system of care that addresses both medical and non-medical drivers of health. We look forward to working closely with the selected health plans toward that vision.”

Medicaid managed care standard plans will launch in two phases with 27 counties launching in November 2019 and the other counties launching in February of 2020. To read the department’s complete press release go to