The five prepaid health plans participating in North Carolina’s Medicaid transformation initiative have joined the statewide coordinated-care network NCCARE360.

The state’s game-changing Medicaid transition program debuted July 1 for an estimated 1.7 million North Carolinians.

Medicaid recipients were allowed to choose between four statewide PHPs for their physical and behavioral health coverage, or have a plan selected for them.

The PHPs are operated by Centene (doing business as WellCare of N.C.), AmeriHealth Caritas N.C., Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. (doing business as Healthy Blue) and UnitedHealth Group. Carolina Complete Health Inc. serves a portion of the state.

NCCARE360 represents the nation’s first statewide coordinated-care network that connects individuals to local services and resources. It assists in coordinating whole-person care, while promoting health equity and addressing the social drivers that influence their members’ health.

“NCCARE360 is critical to the department’s goal of effectively delivering health, not just health care, by addressing the medical and non-medical drivers of health, including housing, food, transportation and interpersonal safety,” Dave Richard, deputy secretary of NC Medicaid, said in a statement.

NCCARE360 is part of the Healthy Opportunities initiative from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

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