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Politics & Government
7:03 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

DHHS Says Its Food Stamp Backlog Is No More

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

Officials with the state Department of Health and Human Services say they have met a federal deadline as of yesterday to clear its backlog of food stamp applications. Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture threatened to pull 88 million dollars in funding if deadlines were not met.

Sherri Bradsher is the deputy secretary for human services at DHHS. She says the number of households that still need food stamps fall within the USDA's parameters of meeting the deadline.

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Medicaid Reform
10:13 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Medicaid Plan Hopes To Save $330 Million

Credit Duke Medecine

The NC Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its plan on Monday to reform the state's Medicaid system. While it had already signaled a shift from Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) months ago, the new plan partially outlines how the state would like to achieve that shift.

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Politics & Government
11:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

NC State Health Officials Propose New Plan To Overhaul Medicaid

A child builds a lego tower in a doctor's waiting room.
Credit kellyhogaboom via Flickr/Creative Commons

Governor Pat McCrory’s administration has presented a new plan to the public to overhaul the state’s Medicaid system.

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.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos says the accountable care model is what hospitals and health providers want.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

DHHS Gaffe Could Cost State Millions

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
3:01 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

NC Health Officials Say They've Met Federal Deadline; 80 Million Dollars Safe

The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Aldona Wos, speaks with lawmakers.
Credit Jessica Jones

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.

"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.

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Politics & Government
5:26 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

County And State Workers Processing Food Stamp Applications Before Monday Deadline

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

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.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed January 15, 2014

State Health And Human Services Secretary Apologizes to Legislators

Credit North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina’s Secretary of Health and Human Services apologized to state lawmakers in a lengthy committee meeting yesterday in Raleigh.

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.
 

In yesterday’s hearing at the legislature, Wos appeared perfectly composed but contrite before state lawmakers:

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Politics & Government
4:39 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

State Health Department Struggling To Process Benefits

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

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.

According to federal and state statistics, as many as twenty thousand low-income families are experiencing delays in getting money for groceries. DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry says county caseworkers have a lot on their plate in processing applications, not the least of which is the new computer processing system, known as NC FAST.

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Politics & Government
9:50 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

NC Medicaid Proposal Would Shift Care To Regional Plans

The state’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Committee (from left, Sen. Louis Pate, Dr. Richard Gilbert, Dennis Barry, Peggy Terhune, Rep. Nelson Dollar
Credit Jorge Valencia

  The North Carolina health department may create up to seven regional networks across the state to give Medicaid services, instead of allowing companies to compete to provide government insurance statewide, according to a new proposal.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Investigation Questions NC DHHS Hiring Practices

Credit NC Department of Health and Human Services

  

North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services' policy manual requires justification memos whenever the department hires contract workers.

A records request by the News and Observer shows several hirings were made without the proper documentation. Host Frank Stasio talks with Joe Neff, investigative reporter for the News and Observer, about the department’s procedures.

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