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Legislative Subcommittee Endorses State Panel Taking Over Medicaid

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A legislative subcommittee has endorsed a measure that would take oversight of the state's Medicaid program away from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The subcommittee approved the measure Thursday.
 

It would place an eight-member board in charge of the state's Medicaid program. The group would run Medicaid with a set amount of funds, given by the legislature every year. That means it would have the power to increase or reduce services for patients.

Not surprisingly, the director of the state's Medicaid program, Robin Cummings, opposes the idea. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Aldona Wos, and Governor Pat McCrory want to expand and build on the state's nationally recognized system of providing care to Medicaid patients, called CCNC.

The legislative measure will be reviewed by another committee next week.

 

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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