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Wos, NC lawmakers at odds during meeting

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The heat has been turned up on North Carolina's health agency secretary by legislative leaders questioning whether her office can operate the department effectively and pull off Medicaid reform. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

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North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state's Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn't appear at the moment to be as large as last year. Full story...
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NC health agency mapping Medicaid overhaul plan

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Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency is backing away from initial proposals to fix Medicaid costs by hiring a handful of big managed care organizations to run North Carolina's $13 billion health care system. Full story...
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NC doctors sue state over Medicaid payment delays

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A group of North Carolina doctors has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking millions in damages from the state and its contractors over flawed computer programs that severely delayed Medicaid reimbursements. Full story...
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NC DHHS secretary apologizes for privacy breach

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The head of North Carolina's troubled health department is apologizing for sending Medicaid cards for nearly 49,000 children to the wrong recipients, but says her agency is dealing with unprecedented changes as a result of the federal healthcare overhaul. Full story...
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GOP-led panel: No queries on Medicaid card misfire

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State legislators with responsibility for overseeing state government computer systems are showing little interest in investigating last week's massive privacy breach at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Full story...
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DHHS sent nearly 49,000 Medicaid cards for kids to wrong addresses

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videoThe North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it mailed nearly 49,000 new Medicaid cards for children to the wrong people. DHHS says the cards show the child's name, Medicaid identification number, date of birth and primary care physician. Full story...
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Protests of NC Republican policies back in Raleigh

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The movement against policies approved by the Republican-led North Carolina legislature is returning to Raleigh to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits. Full story...
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NC officials say Medicaid billing progress made

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North Carolina health officials say more medical providers are getting the hang of a new Medicaid billing system after its rocky first few months in operation. But not all state lawmakers are convinced the NCTracks system has turned the corner. Full story...
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NC AG says refusal of Medicaid expansion was wrong

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Attorney General Roy Cooper says he can't see any reason why the North Carolina legislature and Gov. Pat McCrory refused to expand Medicaid coverage except for a political one. Full story...
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McCrory: US could force NC to expand Medicaid

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Gov. Pat McCrory says new federal regulations could force North Carolina to expand Medicaid eligibility to more low-income people under the Affordable Care Act, despite being one of 26 Republican-led states to reject doing so. Full story...
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Lawmakers want quicker fix to NC Medicaid billing

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North Carolina General Assembly members want more assurances that delays for hospitals and doctors getting Medicaid claims paid through a new billing system will be fixed sooner rather than later. Full story...
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Audit: NC Medicaid claims system untested, flawed

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An audit of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services says it has failed to fully test a new $484 million computer system scheduled to begin processing Medicaid claims on July 1. Full story...
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NC Medicaid shortfall now $330 million-plus

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The North Carolina office that oversees Medicaid says the funding shortfall for the government health insurance program is more than $330 million. Full story...
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Bill to close NC Medicaid shortfall passes House

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North Carolina legislators are prepared to give the state Medicaid agency access to another $400 million through next month to close a shortfall and repay drug rebates to the federal government. Full story...
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