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General Assembly police called in to deal with angry parents at Senate committee meeting

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina General Assembly police
officers were brought in to keep the peace after parents of
children with disabilities were unhappy a meeting ended before they
could speak about a bill that would change how Medicaid services
are offered.

No arrests were made at Wednesday's close of the Senate Mental
Health and Youth Services Committee considering but didn't vote on
a measure that would shift North Carolina's local mental health
treatment system to offer coverage through a managed-care model.
Advocates for people with development disabilities are concerned
about the changes.

Lobbyist Julia Adams said one parent spoke before the meeting
ended, causing another parent to voice objections because she had
driven a great distance. Adams said that's when the officers
arrived.

The committee is expected to consider the bill Thursday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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