49,000 NC Medicaid cards mailed to wrong addresses

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials say personal information of almost 49,000 children now receiving Medicaid coverage has been mailed to the wrong addresses.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that the Medicaid cards have the child's name, Medicaid identification number, date of birth and primary care physician. DHHS officials say the cards of almost 49,000 children were mailed to the wrong recipients.

In a news release from acting Medicaid Director Sandra Terrell, DHHS says it's reviewing how the mistake occurred and working quickly to issue correct cards.

The cards were mailed because of new eligibility rules that switched more than 70,000 children from NC Health Choice to Medicaid in the new year. DHHS was issuing new cards to those switching to Medicaid.

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