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Medicaid Reform Advisory Group Holds Its First Open Meeting


For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 6, 2013

Raleigh, N.C. - The Medicaid Reform Advisory Group yesterday held its first meeting to assist the Department of Health and Human Services in developing a reform plan for North Carolina's Medicaid system. The advisory group, as instructed by the General Assembly, is obtaining broad stakeholder input in a public forum and ensuring transparency in the proposal development process.

During this initial meeting, DHHS shared the current Medicaid situation and outlook, and the principles and process for the reform effort.

Meeting presentations are now available on the Medicaid reform website at

Medicaid reform has three objectives mandated by the legislature:

  • Create a predictable and sustainable Medicaid program for NC taxpayers,
  • Provide care for the whole person by uniting physical and behavioral health care, and
  • Increase administrative ease and efficiency for NC Medicaid providers.

The advisory group has three citizens appointed by Governor McCrory, a state representative and senator:

  • Dennis Barry (Guilford County), advisory group chair - Barry is CEO emeritus of Cone Health, a multihospital system serving the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
  • Peggy Terhune, Ph.D. (Randolph County) - Terhune is the executive director/CEO of Monarch since 1995. She has worked with people with disabilities for more than 35 years.
  • Richard Gilbert, M.D., M.B.A. (Mecklenburg County) - Dr. Gilbert has served as the chief of staff for Carolinas Medical Center and was the chief of the Department of Anesthesiology for Carolina's Medical Center for 20 years.
  • Representative Nelson Dollar (Wake) - Appointed by House of Representatives Speaker Thom Tillis.
  • Senator Louis Pate (Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne) - Appointed by Senate President Pro-Tempore Phil Berger.

All advisory group meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be scheduled for January 2014, and will provide additional stakeholder input.

The public can provide comments and recommendations for Medicaid reform by emailing

Anyone seeking email updates can go to and select "Medicaid Reform" when filling out the form.

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