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NC Medicaid shortfall debated by legislators


Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A Republican budget-writer says he doesn't envision large reimbursement rate cuts for doctors or eliminating optional medical services for North Carolina Medicaid patients to help close a projected $140 million shortfall this year.

Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary said Thursday the gap between Medicaid revenues and expenditures really isn't that large when compared to a program that receives $12 billion in federal and state funds.

Dollar said much of the shortfall can be attributed to payments that weren't requested by Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue in her budget bill for lawmakers to pay. Perdue's administration has said lawmakers were aware of the expected payments but didn't provide money for them.

An oversight committee meeting Thursday discussed the Medicaid shortfall.

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

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