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Drs. Robin Cummings, Terhune to discuss Medicaid Reform

State’s acting health director visits Stanly County for public forum April 2

As the North Carolina General Assembly considers the Medicaid reform plan presented last month by the N.C. Dr. Robin Cummings2Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Monarch will host a public discussion in Stanly County about Medicaid reform with Dr. Robin Cummings, of DHHS, and Dr. Peggy Terhune, Monarch CEO.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at the Small Business Center, 143 N. 2nd St., Albemarle. The discussion is for people supported, families, providers and the community to learn more about Medicaid reform and the impact on services and supports for people with mental health challenges, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Please plan to attend this important conversation.

Dr. Robin Cummings, M.D. was appointed to the position of Deputy Secretary for Health Services in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in August 2013. He also serves as the p terhuneacting State Health Director. Recently, he was appointed to lead Medicaid transformation across the state. Cummings joined DHHS in March 2013 to lead the Office of Rural Health and Community Care. He is board certified in general surgery, as well as cardiothoracic surgery, and practiced cardiac surgery in Pinehurst until his retirement in 2004.

Dr. Peggy Terhune, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of The Arc of Stanly and CEO of Monarch. She is an active member of several prominent state committees and served as an appointee of Gov. Pat McCrory to the N.C. Developmental Disabilities Council and the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group, which collaborated with DHHS in its development of a detailed plan to reform North Carolina's Medicaid system.

For more information about the forum, please contact Kelly Crosby, chief strategy officer at Monarch, at (919) 397-9722 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Established in 1958, Monarch provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance use disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch, which operates The Arc of Stanly County, is an affiliate chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (800) 230-7525.

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 986-1582 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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