Secretary Aldona Wos http://wunc.org en NC State Health Officials Propose New Plan To Overhaul Medicaid http://wunc.org/post/nc-state-health-officials-propose-new-plan-overhaul-medicaid <p></p><p>Governor Pat McCrory’s administration has presented a new plan to the public to overhaul the state’s Medicaid system.</p><p>This plan would coordinate services through what are called accountable care organizations, rather than big managed care companies. State health officials had previously leaned toward a managed care model.</p><p>Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos says the accountable care model is what hospitals and health providers want.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:56:07 +0000 Jessica Jones 31209 at http://wunc.org NC State Health Officials Propose New Plan To Overhaul Medicaid DHHS Gaffe Could Cost State Millions http://wunc.org/post/dhhs-gaffe-could-cost-state-millions <p>The Department of Health and Human Services’ failure to notify lawmakers about a Medicaid waiver earlier this year could cost the state at least ten million dollars.</p><p>Back in August, North Carolina’s former Medicaid director, Carol Steckel, formally requested a three-month waiver from the federal government to postpone the new process for renewing coverage for Medicaid patients.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 30421 at http://wunc.org DHHS Gaffe Could Cost State Millions NC Health Officials Say They've Met Federal Deadline; 80 Million Dollars Safe http://wunc.org/post/nc-health-officials-say-theyve-met-federal-deadline-80-million-dollars-safe <p>State health officials say they have cleared an enormous backlog of food stamp applications that could have caused North Carolina to lose 80 million dollars’ worth of federal funding. The head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Aldona Wos spoke before lawmakers in a committee meeting earlier today.</p><p>"We, the state of North Carolina, believe that we have successfully achieved our first milestone with the USDA in reference to delay in the recertification of our applications," said Wos.</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:01:58 +0000 Jessica Jones 30399 at http://wunc.org NC Health Officials Say They've Met Federal Deadline; 80 Million Dollars Safe County And State Workers Processing Food Stamp Applications Before Monday Deadline http://wunc.org/post/county-and-state-workers-processing-food-stamp-applications-monday-deadline <p>Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they've made great strides in reducing a backlog of food stamp recipients who weren't receiving their benefits. The USDA had issued the state a warning that unless it reduced the backlog of claims before a Monday deadline, North Carolina could lose 88 million dollars' worth of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 30241 at http://wunc.org County And State Workers Processing Food Stamp Applications Before Monday Deadline State Health And Human Services Secretary Apologizes to Legislators http://wunc.org/post/state-health-and-human-services-secretary-apologizes-legislators <p>North Carolina’s Secretary of Health and Human Services apologized to state lawmakers in a lengthy committee meeting yesterday in Raleigh.</p><p>Secretary Aldona Wos said her office is investigating the root cause of a privacy breach that resulted in about 49,000 Medicaid cards being sent to the wrong households. And she said officials are looking into an apparent backlog of around 30 thousand needy families who qualify for food stamps.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>In yesterday’s hearing at the legislature, Wos appeared perfectly composed but contrite before state lawmakers:</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:36:15 +0000 Jessica Jones 28964 at http://wunc.org State Health And Human Services Secretary Apologizes to Legislators State Health Department Struggling To Process Benefits http://wunc.org/post/state-health-department-struggling-process-benefits <p>A spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human services says her department is putting together an aggressive plan to make sure families who qualify for food assistance are receiving their benefits.</p> Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:39:44 +0000 Jessica Jones 28759 at http://wunc.org State Health Department Struggling To Process Benefits State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS http://wunc.org/post/state-auditor-beth-wood-points-finger-dhhs <p>State auditor Beth Wood went before lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to defend her office’s audit of the state’s Medicaid program.</p><p>A new computer system called NCTracks that allows health care providers to get reimbursed for Medicaid claims has been operating since July first. But many doctors and hospitals have reported they’re not getting the money they’re owned, and the system has numerous glitches.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 26139 at http://wunc.org State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS DHHS Scandals Widens With Audit Report http://wunc.org/post/dhhs-scandals-widens-audit-report <p>The <a href="http://www.ncdhhs.gov/">North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services </a>deleted staff rebuttals from a report that gave a harsh assessment of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a report by <a href="http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/">North Carolina Health News.</a> Critics allege that this paints the Medicaid program in a negative light. Host Frank Stasio talks to North Carolina Health News editor and founder Rose Hoban; and Associated Press reporter <a href="http://muckrack.com/mbieseck">Michael Biesecker</a>.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 15:52:32 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 24000 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Grill Health And Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos http://wunc.org/post/state-lawmakers-grill-health-and-human-services-secretary-aldona-wos <p></p><p></p><p>The head of the state&rsquo;s Department of Health and Human Services, Aldona Wos, and other department leaders were grilled by lawmakers at an oversight committee meeting Tuesday in Raleigh.</p><p>Lawmakers and some members of the public questioned the department&rsquo;s hiring policies, new payment systems and future plans for the state&rsquo;s Medicaid program.&nbsp; Wos fielded tough questions from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle all day.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 09:33:48 +0000 Jessica Jones, Frank Stasio & Shawn Wen 23838 at http://wunc.org State Lawmakers Grill Health And Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos