In 2015, the NC General Assembly enacted legislation directing DHHS to transition Medicaid and NC Health Choice from fee-for-service to managed care. Under managed care, the State contracts with insurance companies, which are paid a predetermined set rate per enrolled person to provide all services. The Department was on track to go live February 1, 2020; however, new funding and program authority were required from the General Assembly to meet this timeline and Medicaid Managed Care was suspended in November 2019. In July 2020, legislation authorized the restart of Medicaid Managed Care transformation efforts with a July 1, 2021 launch date for Standard Plans and a July 1, 2022 launch date for Behavioral Health I/DD Tailored Plans.
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