Press Release: Care Ring to Lead Local Education Campaign on NC Medicaid Transformation
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
Care Ring is pleased to receive a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, NC to engage, educate and inform the residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg about "Medicaid Transformation," North Carolina’s shift to value-based care - a healthcare delivery model that pays providers based on patient health outcomes.
Care Ring, a local nonprofit connecting people with limited resources to high-quality healthcare, is uniquely positioned to reach a large, diverse cross-section of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. The $159,500 grant award will improve the lives of local residents by helping them better understand and navigate the coming changes on Medicaid Transformation in North Carolina.
With the current rate of Medicaid recipients in Mecklenburg County and predicted continued population increase, it is estimated that over 215,000 residents will be affected by NC Medicaid Transformation, which will roll-out to this area later this year.
“Numerous local human service agencies, safety net organizations, healthcare providers and networks, and community leaders will also be impacted and must be educated on the coming transition to managed care. Through this education and engagement, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community will be prepared and can work together to improve the health of its most vulnerable neighbors,” says Dr. Don Jonas, Executive Director of Care Ring.
Care Ring is one of the oldest and largest health and wellness agencies in the Carolinas. Founded in 1955, they served nearly 7,000 people last year by providing direct care through their low-cost clinic, by connecting them with primary and specialty care physicians who volunteer to treat the uninsured, and through Nurse-Family Partnership, pairing first-time moms with a nurse to navigate the first two years of parenthood.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life of financially-disadvantaged residents in North Carolina. The Health Improvement in North Carolina program area supports community-wide health solutions across the state. The Local Impact in Forsyth County program area fosters equitable and sustainable solutions to improve the quality of life in Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee.
Care Ring works to empower individuals with limited resources to establish and maintain good health. Today, Care Ring leads a collaborative effort to meet the changing health care needs of our community and works to ensure that all members of the community have access to affordable, high-quality and timely healthcare. Care Ring improves access to quality healthcare services, implements evidenced-based programs, and leverages community partnerships to build a continuum of public health services for our community. Care Ring’s three service lines are the Low-Cost Clinic, Physicians Reach Out for the uninsured and the Nurse-Family Partnership program for first-time moms.
Kelly Musante, Chief Development Officer