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Joint Alliance Health/Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Statement Regarding Mecklenburg County LME/MCO Realignment

On June 1, 2021, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously voted with one abstention to disengage from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and realign with Alliance Health. On June 3, 2021, the Alliance Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward in negotiations with Mecklenburg County as a member county of Alliance Health.

Mecklenburg County’s primary focus regarding this realignment is to carry out the process with transparency, commitment to the community, and involvement of those who will be impacted by the change. The county, Alliance, and Cardinal are committed to working collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition for all involved. The BOCC authorized the county manager to issue a letter of intent, develop a disengagement realignment plan, and notify the affected counties within the organizations’ catchment areas. Those and other related documents are posted on the county’s website at https://www.mecknc.gov/Realignment/Pages/Home.aspx.

“I am very appreciative of and honored by the confidence Mecklenburg County has shown in Alliance,” said Rob Robinson, CEO of Alliance Health. “We are eager to begin engaging with local organizations, public partners, and behavioral healthcare providers in the county to build a community-based system of care to address social and environmental factors that impact the overall health and quality of life of individuals and families who are enrolled in Medicaid or uninsured. As this process begins, I would also like to thank Cardinal CEO Trey Sutten and the Cardinal Board for their commitment to work with us and the county throughout this transition to prevent any disruption in services for members and providers.”

“Our highest priority is the stability and health of our members in Mecklenburg County and the hundreds of employees who serve them every day,” said Trey Sutten, CEO of Cardinal Innovations. “We will continue to work closely with DHHS, Alliance, and Mecklenburg County throughout the process.”