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Message from the CEO - March 2019

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — marzo 06, 2019
As we enter another month in this already very busy year, I find it’s helpful for me to take a moment every now and then to step back and remind myself of what really matters. And for me, that’s making sure everything I’m doing is in line with our mission – improving the health and wellness of the members and families we serve. One way I’m focused on that right now is ensuring we’re able to sustain the services we offer for people over the next few years and as we approach the changes that will come with Medicaid transformation and becoming a Tailored Plan.

Most immediately, I’m focused on making sure we can continue to support people who do not have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid. Today, we fund a lot of behavioral health services and supports outside of Medicaid through a special funding stream we receive from the state, known as “single-stream” dollars.

This is basically a safety net account that allows us more flexibility to provide services outside of Medicaid restrictions for people with mental health conditions, substance use (addiction) disorders, and intellectual or developmental disabilities. These dollars pass right through Cardinal – every dollar we receive is directly invested back into services and supports for our members and their families.

It’s also worth noting that these dollars are important whether or not Medicaid is expanded in North Carolina. If you’ve read our 2018 Impact Report, you already know that in the last fiscal year alone (FY 2018), Cardinal Innovations provided coverage for more than 26,000 North Carolinians outside of Medicaid using single-stream funds.

In 2015, the North Carolina General Assembly made its first significant cut to the amount of single-stream funds that LME/MCOs receive, while requiring us to keep the same level of services as the previous year (FY 2014-15). These funding cuts have only increased each year since 2015.

At the direction of the NC General Assembly, we have considerably depleted our cash reserves in order to maintain the same service levels as 2015 while managing more cuts to single-stream mental health funds each year – since 2015, single-stream funds have been reduced by a total of $458 million across the LME/MCO system. This path is not sustainable for our system and the people who rely on it for care.

The continued cuts to single-stream mental health funds will inhibit us from serving our members with the care and services they need and deserve. New services or projects that require ongoing non-Medicaid investments will not be possible.

Continuing to reduce single-stream behavioral health funds is a huge risk for our state – the need for addiction and mental health services is greater today in North Carolina than it was five years, or even one year ago. People deserve more support, and more resources, not less. This isn’t about increasing Cardinal’s revenue.

To be clear, this is not a Cardinal Innovations issue or even a LME/MCO issue – it is a system-wide issue. We stand shoulder to shoulder on this issue with our Consumer and Family Advisory Committees (CFACs), our provider partners, and our peer LME/MCOs.

That said, we are working with our partners at the NC General Assembly to share this message on behalf of those we serve as they begin the important work of crafting the state budget. Our ask of the General Assembly is simply that we restore single-stream funding for behavioral health services to 2015-2016 levels.

Today I have a message for our members, families, community stakeholders and advocates reading this message:

Our voices are stronger together. If you feel so moved, we ask you to join us in this effort. Contact your legislator and ask them to stand with the people in our state that need help combatting the challenges they face related to mental health conditions, substance use (addiction) disorders, and developmental disabilities – they can do that by providing these individuals and their providers and support professionals with the financial resources that are necessary.

We’ve provided contact information for all legislators in the 20 counties we serve below. If you have any questions or want support, you can reach out to our VP of Public Affairs, Allison Stewart, at allison.stewart@cardinalinnovations.org.

I’m constantly inspired by our members and families and know how strong our community is.

Together, we can move mountains.

Trey Sutten, CEO
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

Click here to view, download, or print the list of NC legislator contact information in our 20 counties.
Member Name Email Address Cardinal Counties Represented
Senator John M. Alexander, Jr. John.Alexander@ncleg.net Franklin County
Representative Chaz Beasley Chaz.Beasley@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Kelly M. Alexander, Jr. Kelly.Alexander@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Dean Arp Dean.Arp@ncleg.net Union County
Representative John Autry John.Autry@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Lisa Stone Barnes Lisa.Barnes@ncleg.net   Franklin County
Representative Mary Belk Mary.Belk@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Senator Phil Berger Phil.Berger@ncleg.net Caswell, Stokes, and Rockingham Counties
Senator Dan Bishop Dan.Bishop@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Mark Brody Mark.Brody@ncleg.net  Union County
Representative Becky Carney Becky.Carney@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Jerry Carter Jerry.Carter@ncleg.net Rockingham County
Representative Christy Clark Christy.Clark@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Debra Conrad Debra.Conrad@ncleg.net Forsyth County
Representative Carla D. Cunningham Carla.Cunningham@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Senator Milton F. "Toby" Fitch, Jr. Toby.Fitch@ncleg.net Halifax County
Senator Carl Ford Carl.Ford@ncleg.net Stanly and Rowan Counties
Senator Valerie P. Foushee Valerie.Foushee@ncleg.net Chatham and Orange Counties
Senator Eddie Gallimore Eddie.Gallimore@ncleg.net Davidson County
Representative Terry E. Garrison Terry.Garrison@ncleg.net Granville, Vance, and Warren Counties
Representative Ken Goodman Ken.Goodman@ncleg.net Stanly County
Senator Rick Gunn Rick.Gunn@ncleg.net Alamance County
Representative Kyle Hall Kyle.Hall@ncleg.net  Stokes and Rockingham Counties
Representative Wesley Harris Wesley.Harris@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Craig Horn Craig.Horn@ncleg.net Union County
Representative Julia C. Howard Julia.Howard@ncleg.net  Davie and Rowan Counties
Representative Rachel Hunt Rachel.Hunt@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Verla Insko Verla.Insko@ncleg.net Orange County
Senator Jeff Jackson Jeff.Jackson@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Steve Jarvis Steve.Jarvis@ncleg.net Davidson County
Senator Todd Johnson Todd.Johnson@ncleg.net Union County
Representative Linda P. Johnson LindaP.Johnson@ncleg.net Cabarrus County
Senator Joyce Krawiec Joyce.Krawiec@ncleg.net Davie and Forsyth Counties
Representative Donny Lambeth Donny.Lambeth@ncleg.net Forsyth County
Representative Brandon Lofton Brandon.Lofton@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Carolyn G. Logan Carolyn.Logan@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Senator Paul A. Lowe, Jr. Paul.Lowe@ncleg.net Forsyth County
Representative Nasif Majeed Nasif.Majeed@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Senator Natasha Marcus Natasha.Marcus@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Graig R. Meyer Graig.Meyer@ncleg.net Caswell and Orange Counties
Senator Mujtaba Mohammed Mujtaba.Mohammed@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Derwin Montgomery Derwin.Montgomery@ncleg.net Forsyth County
Senator Paul Newton Paul.Newton@ncleg.net Cabarrus and Union Counties
Representative Larry G. Pittman Larry.Pittman@ncleg.net Cabarrus and Rowan Counties
Representative Larry W. Potts Larry.Potts@ncleg.net Davidson County
Representative Robert T. Reives, II Robert.Reives@ncleg.net Chatham County
Representative Dennis Riddell Dennis.Riddell@ncleg.net Alamance County
Representative Stephen M. Ross Stephen.Ross@ncleg.net Alamance County
Representative Wayne Sasser Wayne.Sasser@ncleg.net Cabarrus and Stanly Counties
Senator Erica D. Smith EricaD.Smith@ncleg.net Vance and Warren Counties
Representative Evelyn Terry Evelyn.Terry@ncleg.net Forsyth County
Senator Joyce Waddell Joyce.Waddell@ncleg.net Mecklenburg County
Representative Harry Warren Harry.Warren@ncleg.net Rowan County
Senator Mike Woodard Mike.Woodard@ncleg.net Granville and Person Counties
Representative Michael H. Wray Michael.Wray@ncleg.net Halifax County
Representative Larry Yarborough Larry.Yarborough@ncleg.net Granville and Person Counties
Representative Lee Zachary Lee.Zachary@ncleg.net Forsyth County

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