Partners Health Management expands

RUTHERFORDTON—Partners Health Management is expanding its coverage area to include three counties in addition to the nine it was already serving (including Rutherford). As a result, the Rutherford County Commissioners approved a resolution at their meeting Tuesday that will also expand its board.

Partners is the local managed care organization that coordinates and provides access to care for counties in its coverage area. Partners manages all Medicaid, state and local funding for intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health and substance use disorder services throughout the coverage area.

The resolution allowing expansion of the board was approved by all member counties.

Officials say the change will allow all member counties to have a voice on the board.

“I appreciate the way the counties will all have representation,” said Commissioner Greg Lovelace. “I make the motion to approve the resolution.”

Local leaders have been pleased since Rutherford County made the switch to Partners, two years ago in July, 2019. Previously Rutherford County was aligned with Vaya. When County Commissioners decided to switch to Partners, they said they wanted better overall services and more community engagement.

Since the Rutherford County change, local officials say they are pleased.

“They truly partner with our community,” said County Commission Chairman Bryan King. “They provide opportunities for all of their member counties to have a voice. We continue to be pleased with Partners.”

Partners now serves the counties of Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Surry, Yadkin and the three newest additions of Cabarrus, Union, and Stanly counties.

Partners has its headquarters in Gastonia.

by SCOTT CARPENTER, Daily Courier (Published with permission)
July 9, 2021