RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says
he is withholding judgment on whether the state should expand Medicaid under
the federal Affordable Care Act until his administration can fix serious
mismanagement within the program.
McCrory spoke Thursday as State Auditor Beth Wood
released a 70-page critique of the Division of Medical Assistance.
"This audit should be a concern for every North Carolinian," McCrory
said in a statement. "Every dollar that is mismanaged at the Department of
Health and Human Services for Medicaid is one dollar less that is available for
medical services, education or road and bridge repair."
"This information is critical to us in the work we have
ahead to reform the Medicaid system in North Carolina," Aldona Vos, Secretary
of the Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement released by
the Governor's office. "I am pleased to say
that we already are taking proactive steps to address some of these issues –
the most important of which is hiring Carol Steckel, a nationally recognized
expert in Medicaid, to run our Medicaid program."
The audit found that administrative spending for the
state's Medicaid system is significantly higher than nine states of similar
size. The audit also found state Medicaid administrators used flawed or
incomplete budget forecasting methods, resulting in shortfalls of more than
$190 million last year.
Medicaid provides health coverage for more than 1.5
million North Carolina residents - most of them poor children, older adults and
the disabled. The program spends about $13 billion in state and federal funds.
Thursday, December 12 2013 2:16 PM EST2013-12-12 19:16:27 GMT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A federal judge in Winston-Salem says there will be no trial on North Carolina's voting law changes until after the 2014 elections. U.S. District Judge Joi Peake said ThursdayMore >>
Groups hoping to overturn North Carolinas Voter ID law likely won't get the chance until after the 2014 elections. A judge ruled Thursday both sides need more time to prepare for the trial.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 7:54 AM EST2013-12-12 12:54:48 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina legislator has been arrested on felony tax charges. The N.C. Department of Revenue announced Wednesday that Rep. Deborah H. McManus, D-Chatham, faces three countsMore >>
A first-term lawmaker has resigned after her arrest on embezzlement charges. Deborah McManus resigned effective Wednesday from representing District 54 in the NC House, according to the General Assembly website.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:44 PM EST2013-12-10 19:44:55 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) – Two new polls of North Carolina voters show job approval numbers well below 50% for both President Barack Obama and Senator Kay Hagan. Both Public Policy Polling and High PointMore >>
Two new polls of North Carolina voters show approval ratings well below 50% for both President Barack Obama and Sen. Kay Hagan. One of the polls also shows potential challengers for Hagan's seat are facing uphill climbs in name recognition and voter preference.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 1:52 PM EST2013-12-06 18:52:58 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A lawsuit filed more than a decade ago against Attorney General Roy Cooper and his campaign for a television commercial aired during his first winning run for the job may finally goMore >>
A lawsuit dating back to 2000 against NC Attorney General Roy Cooper has received a trial date for spring of 2014.More >>
Thursday, December 5 2013 4:00 PM EST2013-12-05 21:00:12 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) – The Senate Majority PAC group has launched a second ad campaign supporting Senator Kay Hagan in her bid for re-election. The 30-second ad on YouTube does not yet appear on theMore >>
The Senate Majority PAC has launched a new ad campaign, supporting Sen. Kay Hagan and criticizing the candidate many consider the front-runner to oppose her bid for re-election in 2014. Click on the link inside this story to see the ad.More >>
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