A federal judge has temporarily blocked the federal government from quickly approving any proposal by North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to expand Medicaid to more people through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing in Wilmington on Wednesday to get feedback from citizens and other stakeholders on the draft N.C. Medicaid Reform plan.
An annual compliance audit again has found North Carolina's Medicaid program is mistakenly overpaying some doctors and hospitals. This time, state auditors projected the program-wide cost of these errors at $835 million.
Civil rights and health care advocates say decisions by Governor Pat McCrory and the Republican legislature to block Medicaid expansion in North Carolina mean the uninsured are needlessly sick and have died.
Gov. Pat McCrory says his signature on far-reaching Medicaid legislation is just the beginning of a years-long process to transform the health care program that serves more than one in six North Carolina residents.