The NC Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) ‘Listening Sessions’ to gather feedback on its draft Medicaid waiver application, have so far drawn crowds including many physicians who queried officials on specific points in the waiver. Some voiced concern about how the new system will work and how access to care will be maintained for patients.
Seven additional sessions will be held in the central and eastern portions of the state before April 18, when the period for public comment will end as DHHS prepares to send the Medicaid waiver application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by June 1. See when and where the public hearings will be held here. A representative from the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) will be at each of the upcoming sessions.
The NCMS also has summarized the waiver application and offers these talking points to help you formulate your comments. We encourage you to voice your opinion at the hearings or submit written comments to DHHS by April 18.
Also, last week, NCMS CEO Robert W. Seligson, met with Governor Pat McCrory to discuss the Medicaid reform proposal and NCMS members’ ongoing and important role in the implementation of the reforms.