DHHS http://wfae.org en Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget http://wfae.org/post/digging-deeper-governors-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers began digging into the details of Governor Pat </span>McCrory’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> budget today as did state agencies, lobbyists and, reporters too. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> plans to pay for raises for all state employees in part by cutting funds to the </span>UNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> system. But his budget includes plenty of other cuts and additions large and small.&nbsp;</span>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lisa Miller joined Mark </span>Rumsey<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;to discuss some of them.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:31:59 +0000 Lisa Miller 51037 at http://wfae.org Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013 http://wfae.org/post/nc-overpaid-medicaid-providers-2013 <p>North Carolina paid Medicaid providers about $440,000 more than it should have last year. That's according to a report Friday from the state auditor's office, which found several problems in its annual review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>About a third of the overpayment consisted of state money, as the federal government covers about two-thirds of Medicaid costs in North Carolina. Dave Richard is deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and he offered this perspective on the overpayment:&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:05:28 +0000 Michael Tomsic 47577 at http://wfae.org State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program http://wfae.org/post/state-finds-major-problems-union-county-child-welfare-program <p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wfae/files/201403/UnionCountyDSSReport.pdf?__utma=100058712.1547370290.1392859676.1394133631.1394142397.69&amp;__utmb=100058712.87.7.1394147071887&amp;__utmc=100058712&amp;__utmx=-&amp;__utmz=100058712.1394034070.59.4.utmcsr=charlotteobserver.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/2014/03/04/4741805/hickory-city-council-retreats.html&amp;__utmv=-&amp;__utmk=245862020" target="_blank">A state review</a> of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years.&nbsp; Fri, 07 Mar 2014 02:15:17 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 46418 at http://wfae.org State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End http://wfae.org/post/nc-health-secretary-wos-cant-say-when-food-stamp-delays-will-end <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina's food stamp delays are unacceptable, but there's no timeline for when they'll stop. That's what North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services </span>Aldona<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Wos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 14:19:38 +0000 Michael Tomsic 43033 at http://wfae.org NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End USDA Warning Latest Problem For Wos, DHHS http://wfae.org/post/usda-warning-latest-problem-wos-dhhs <p></p><p></p><p>North Carolina DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos has had a tough week.&nbsp; Last Friday, it came out DHHS violated federal privacy laws by sending nearly 50,000 children’s insurance cards out to the wrong addresses.&nbsp; And then letters from the USDA surfaced telling the state it would hold back food stamp money if the department doesn’t fix problems with the program.&nbsp; It’s more ammunition for critics of Secretary Wos.</p><p>WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins Marshall Terry in the studio now.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:13:16 +0000 Lisa Miller 42780 at http://wfae.org USDA Warning Latest Problem For Wos, DHHS DHHS Spokesman Leaves For Washington After Controversial Year http://wfae.org/post/dhhs-spokesman-leaves-washington-after-controversial-year <p>The McCrory administration’s 24-year-old health department spokesman is headed to Washington, less than a year after his appointment stoked controversy.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:12:48 +0000 Ben Bradford 42616 at http://wfae.org DHHS Spokesman Leaves For Washington After Controversial Year Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse http://wfae.org/post/grand-jury-indictment-shows-history-child-abuse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">G</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 21:04:08 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 40837 at http://wfae.org Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse Monroe Couple Were Guardians, Not Foster Parents Of Handcuffed Child http://wfae.org/post/monroe-couple-were-guardians-not-foster-parents-handcuffed-child <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are not the foster parents of that child, as previously reported. </span>DHHS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 39567 at http://wfae.org How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message http://wfae.org/post/how-changes-response-medicaid-audit-fit-mccrory-s-message <p>The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been under fire this week. On Tuesday, the department's secretary received a day-long grilling in legislative committee hearings. That same day, the website <a href="http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2013/10/08/mccrory-administration-officials-suppressed-medicaid-data/" target="_blank">North Carolina Health News</a> reported that the McCrory administration and the department had done some extra spin to make the state's Medicaid program look particularly broken. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:09:06 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Kevin Kniestedt 37047 at http://wfae.org How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message NC DHHS Responds To Critics With Slick Infographic http://wfae.org/post/nc-dhhs-responds-critics-slick-infographic <p>The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is on the offensive now, hoping to offset mounting criticism with a more positive spin on the department's accomplishments.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:53:08 +0000 Julie Rose 35118 at http://wfae.org NC DHHS Responds To Critics With Slick Infographic