CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Leaders in North Carolina's largest county sound ready to cede control of its managed-care organization to treat the mentally ill and transfer the program to a regional entity.
The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/18CDldR ) Wednesday a committee of four Mecklenburg County commissioners will recommend to the full county commission next week that MeckLINK Behavioral Healthcare be turned over to Cardinal Innovations following negotiations.
MeckLINK provides services to 120,000 people, generating nearly $200 million in Medicaid funding. Cardinal has 187,000 patients in 15 counties.
State regulators tried to reassign MeckLINK to Cardinal a year ago, but Mecklenburg County balked at the idea. Now there's a law requiring the agency to create an independent authority by April or merge with another group. Commissioners say the authority idea would be too costly.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com