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Governor Wants Managed Care For Medicaid

Gov. Pat McCrory
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Governor Pat McCrory has announced a plan that could privatize the state's Medicaid program that serves low-income people.

The state will hold a competitive bidding process for three big managed-care providers to deliver medical, mental and dental services to patients. Governor McCrory says the plan will help streamline the delivery of Medicaid services.

"To truly put our Medicaid system on a sustainable path of success, it's clear that we must improve the system, with first our great doctors, nurses, and other Medicaid healthcare providers," he says. "Second we need to help the North Carolina taxpayers who invest more than 13 billion into the system each year."

McCrory says this would also keep down costs for taxpayers. The state has struggled with Medicaid shortfalls in recent years, as more patients have gone on the rolls.

But Democrats in the General Assembly have criticized the plan. They say the governor should've chosen to expand the state's Medicaid program to insure half a million more residents to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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