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Citizens seeking certain services at the Macon County Public Health Department may have to pay a little extra for their next visit, as local health department officials recently increased some fees in response to state changes to Medicaid reimbursements and the annual Medicaid Cost Settlement. Local health departments across the state are acting in unison, as state legislators changed the method used to calculate and disburse Medicaid Cost Settlement dollars.

“Most of the fee changes were mandated by the state, so we had little say,” said County Commissioner Ronnie Beale. “We hate to see fees go up, but unfortunately we had to make the changes. It’s a consequence of the recession and state policy actions.”


For those whose lives have been touched by addiction

The Smokey Mountain Ride for Recovery is an event designed to raise awareness about recovery from substance use disorders in Western North Carolina. This poker-style ride is being sponsored by The Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County and will also help raise money for Mountain Projects’ WNC Teen Institute. Everyone is invited to attend this event and families are encouraged to participate. A recovery celebration will be held after the ride that will include food, guest speakers, games, prizes and a vigil to honor those that have lost their battle with a substance use disorder.


The North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) has announced that it will be setting up shop on Sept. 23 and 24 at the Jackson County Health Department in Sylva. NCMOM provides free dental care to those who cannot otherwise afford it on a first come-first served basis. Doors will open at 7 a.m. both days. The weekend is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic in Cashiers and the Jackson County Health Department.

The Missions of Mercy Clinics were begun in North Carolina in 2004 after the need was perceived for accessible care across the state. Typically, NCMOM sets up about 30 portable dental chairs, offering cleanings, extractions, and limited restorations to roughly 350 patients over the course of a weekend.


The Medical Facilities Planning Section of the Health and Human Services Department unanimously voted last Friday to approve the recommendation of Macon County’s petition for a Certificate of Need to be issued to allow a dialysis center to be built in the county.

“Friday was a major step for Macon County, and without the approval of the Medical Facilities Planning Section, nothing else could happen,” noted Commissioner Ronnie Beale, “so it was a good day for the citizens of Macon County and their families.”


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