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N.C. Government Unclear On Whether, How To Repay Doctors For NCTracks Oversight

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The State Budget Office says North Carolina owes Medicaid providers nearly two years of back pay.

That's because the state's computerized payment system NCTracks improperly paid for services of elderly poor people eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Adam Linker is a health care access advocate at the North Carolina Justice Center. He says it's not yet clear how MUCH the state owes providers, or how it intends to reimburse them.

"It's difficult for the public and for legislators to get reliable information. And that makes Medicaid reform talks and Medicaid expansion talks more difficult and complicated."

Some legislators have called for overhauling the state department of Health and Human Services or removing the Medicaid program from the department entirely.

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