Medicaid

The State of Things
12:29 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

More DHHS Controversy And Berger Opts Out of Senate Race

State Senator Phil Berger
Credit Dave DeWitt

  

Controversy continues at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with the Medicaid director resigning after only eight months on the job.

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Health
6:55 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Statewide Study Shows Community Care Cuts Return Visits To Hospitals

Credit Mercy Health

Members of a Raleigh-based community medical organization say a new study shows a transitional care program they launched has cut hospital re-admissions by 20 percent. 

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Health
6:27 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Audit Finds DHHS Did Not Fully Test New Computer System

Credit Tabitha Kaylee Hawk via flickr, Creative Commons

The state Auditor has found that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services did not fully test a new computer system.

The DHHS system was installed to start processing Medicaid claims beginning in July.   Beth Wood's audit found that the nearly $500 million computer system was not put through all of its paces.  The report raises questions about the software and its ability to handle Medicaid claims paid by the state that exceed $12 billion. 

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Politics & Government
9:28 am
Mon May 6, 2013

VIDEO: Gov. McCrory Gives GOP Response To President Obama's Weekly Address

N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory delivers GOP weekly address.
Credit www.governor.state.nc.us

Gov. Pat McCrory gave a national audience a glimpse into reforms he wants to implement in North Carolina.  He delivered this past weekend's GOP response to President Obama's weekly address. 

McCrory criticized what he called Washington's "weak leadership" and urged national lawmakers to give more flexibility and accountability to states.  He says he needs that kind of freedom to implement a different approach to Medicaid reform.

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Health
7:44 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Proposal Would Extend Medicaid Coverage For Alzheimer's And Dementia

A committee in the state House is considering a measure to extend Medicaid coverage for people who have Alzheimer's and dementia. 

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Health
4:35 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Governor Wants Managed Care For Medicaid

Pat McCrory
Credit Gurnal Scott

Governor Pat McCrory has announced a plan that could privatize the state's Medicaid program that serves low-income people.

The state will hold a competitive bidding process for three big managed-care providers to deliver medical, mental and dental services to patients. Governor McCrory says the plan will help streamline the delivery of Medicaid services.

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The State of Things
10:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

North Carolina Lawmakers Reject Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina’s Republican Lawmakers are sticking by conservative principles early in Gov. Pat McCrory’s first term. Last week, he signed legislation cutting unemployment benefits. The move was an attempt to pay back debt owed the federal government earlier.

And this week, legislators voted for and sent along a piece of legislation that would reject a federal option to expand Medicaid.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Lawmakers Pass Group Home Fix

N.C. General Assembly
Credit Dave DeWitt

State lawmakers have passed a bill that would provide emergency funding to maintain care for group home residents across the state.

Legislators in the Senate voted unanimously to approve House Bill 5 yesterday. It will allow group home residents and patients in special dementia units to remain where they are for now. The bill specifies that a 40 million dollar pot of money that's already being used for adult care home residents can also be used to help group home residents.

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Health
8:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Group Home Residents Need Place to Live, New NC Secretary Promises Help

North Carolina's new Secretary of Health and Human Services says she's committed to helping residents of group homes find a place to live at the end of the month. About 14 hundred people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities are no longer eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for personal care services.

The outgoing Governor, Bev Perdue, allocated one million dollars from a rental assistance fund to keep remaining group home residents in place until the end of January. But everyone's aware that money will run out, says Secretary Aldona Vos.

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Health
7:55 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Group Home Funding May Run Out

About 2,000 people with severe mental illness are facing eviction from group homes at the end of the year. That was the message from group home residents and staff and mental health advocates who rallied at the state Capitol yesterday. A change in Medicaid rules means residential facilities for the mentally disabled will lose some federal funding at the end of the year. State lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year providing replacement funds for adult care homes...but group homes were left out.

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