NCTracks

Medicaid illustration: A Caduceus symbol and a dollar sign
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A North Carolina House committee has approved a plan to remake the state’s costly Medicaid program by allowing hospitals and physicians to manage the money spent to care for each patient.

The plan, which would shift much of the financial risk of growing Medicaid costs to provider-led entities, was approved after more than two hours of heated debate in the House of Representatives health committee. The bill is expected to be scheduled for a hearing in the appropriations committee on Thursday morning.

Beth Wood
NC Auditor's Office

State Auditor Beth Wood says she and other officials from her office did their best to warn Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos that it would be better to wait to go live with a new system to process Medicaid claims.

The system, called NCTracks, went live on July 1st of this year. Health care providers cite numerous problems. Many say they haven't received payments from the state in months. Auditor Wood says the previous administration had a timeline of 22 months to go live.