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NC Department of Health and Human Services

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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ONLY ON 3: State inspections confirm complaints about Bladen jail conditions

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videoA trip to jail is not a visit to a luxury hotel, but there is a basic expectation of safety and health conditions. For months, though, we've heard complaints about problems inside the Bladen County Jail, and they're not just from inmates. They're also coming from state regulators. Full story...
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Fatal overdoses tied to synthetic opiate hit NC

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North Carolina officials say a synthetic drug five times stronger than heroin is being blamed for three deaths last month in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties. Full story...
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Flu claims 7 more lives in NC, total reaches 64

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State health officials say seven more people have died from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the total number of deaths for this season to 64. Full story...
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Progress made in backlog of food stamp applications

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Officials at the state Department Health and Human Services say they have made significant progress in clearing a backlog of food stamp applications ahead of a federal deadline next week. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory talks about year ahead

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videoGov. Pat McCrory says he wants his second year in office to focus on improving North Carolina's economic climate, supporting public school teachers and making state government more efficient. 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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NC health agency leaders facing legislators again

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General Assembly members are poised to hold another meeting about more troubles within North Carolina's health agency. Full story...
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NC warned to fix food stamp applications problems

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Federal regulators have warned North Carolina's health agency to address problems within its computer system to process food stamp applications or face monetary consequences. 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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State health officials report 21st flu death in NC

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State health officials report the death toll from the seasonal flu outbreak has risen to 21, leading to a renewed call for residents across North Carolina to get vaccinated. Full story...
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Embattled DHHS spokesman Diaz resigning for DC job

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The communications director for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is resigning, five days after he provided reporters false information about a serious privacy breach involving Medicaid cards for 49,000 children that were mailed to the wrong addresses. 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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Duke restricts visitors as NC flu deaths reach 8

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Duke University Health Systems is restricting patient visitors because of the rising number of flu cases even as public health officials say a third person in Guilford County has died from the illness. Full story...
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