North Carolina's Medicaid Oversight Subcommittee Passes Recommendations

Dec 2, 2014

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A Medicaid oversight subcommittee has approved recommendations laying out goals for reform of the state's health insurance program for low-income residents. But support for the measure was not unanimous among Republicans. 

The recommendations approved Tuesday will now go before the full Health and Human Services oversight committee.

Two-pages of findings sketch out general goals for Medicaid reform in the state. Overall, it reiterates the feeling among some lawmakers- including Senator Ralph Hise- that the primary goal in reforming Medicaid should be to cut costs.

The findings also say health care providers serving low-income patients should assume one hundred percent of the financial risk within three years. But other Republicans on the committee, including Representative Nelson Dollar, failed to approve the measure. Dollar favors the idea put forward by state officials to build on and improve North Carolina's current system of treating Medicaid patients.