Audit: change in health insurance could help 10,000 more kids

RALEIGH (AP) — A state audit says about ten-thousand more children could receive government-sponsored health insurance.

But it requires a change in the way North Carolina processes medical claims, which the audit says would free up $16 million.

For instance, the audit says claims could be processed cheaper by the state Department of Health and Human Services than by the state employee health plan office.

The report says the change in processing bills could save $8.4 million a year for medical bills and nearly $7.5 million in prescription costs.

Health department officials would have to seek a change, but it doesn’t appear the department will seek the change.

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