Secretary Aldona Wos

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.
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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

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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

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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

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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
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

State Auditor Beth Wood Points Finger At DHHS

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State auditor Beth Wood went before lawmakers for a second day Wednesday to defend her office’s audit of the state’s Medicaid program.

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.

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Fri October 11, 2013

DHHS Scandals Widens With Audit Report

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services deleted staff rebuttals from a report that gave a harsh assessment of the state’s Medicaid program, according to a report by North Carolina Health News. 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 Michael Biesecker.

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Politics & Government
5:33 am
Wed October 9, 2013

State Lawmakers Grill Health And Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos

Lawmakers listen as state health department officials testify.
Credit Jessica Jones

The head of the state’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.

Lawmakers and some members of the public questioned the department’s hiring policies, new payment systems and future plans for the state’s Medicaid program.  Wos fielded tough questions from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle all day.

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