Medicaid http://wfae.org en Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate http://wfae.org/post/budgets-passed-haggling-begins-nc-governor-house-and-senate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the state House and Senate have significant differences to work out before North Carolina adopts a budget. </span>WFAE's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Michael </span>Tomsic<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;looks at three examples of those differences: teacher pay, film incentives and Medicaid.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:30 +0000 Michael Tomsic & Mark Rumsey 52878 at http://wfae.org Budgets Passed, Haggling Begins For NC Governor, House And Senate Medicaid Reform in North Carolina http://wfae.org/post/medicaid-reform-north-carolina-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> administration is taking a new approach to overhauling the state's most expensive health care program. Medicaid serves approximately 1.8 million low-income parents, children, seniors and people with disabilities. </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> had previously rolled out a model that would've probably put a few insurance companies in charge of managing the program. But after many in North Carolina's medical community made it clear they didn't like that approach, the governor has changed course and submitted a new plan to the General Assembly, with the hopes of getting it passed in the short legislative session that starts this week. We take a closer look at Medicaid in North Carolina and what the new plan would mean for patients, providers and taxpayers, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 13:59:54 +0000 WFAE 50604 at http://wfae.org Medicaid Reform in North Carolina Meck Commission Votes For Cardinal To Succeed MeckLINK http://wfae.org/post/meck-commission-votes-cardinal-succeed-mecklink <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners voted 7-2 last night to work out an agreement to turn oversight of mental health, substance abuse, and disability care to Cardinal Innovations, less than a year after the county launched its own agency, MeckLINK, at a cost of more than $8 million. The county started MeckLINK because of a state reorganization, and now it has to give it up because of another one.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:04:09 +0000 Ben Bradford 38707 at http://wfae.org Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover http://wfae.org/post/cardinal-has-bargaining-power-mecklink-takeover <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners met with the leadership team of Cardinal Innovations on Monday afternoon, in one of the final steps as the county prepares to surrender oversight of its mental health patients and millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. Commissioners had three requests for Cardinal, but little leverage to negotiate.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:59:01 +0000 Ben Bradford 38637 at http://wfae.org Cardinal Has Bargaining Power In MeckLINK Takeover Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays http://wfae.org/post/cabarrus-other-counties-shorten-food-stamp-delays <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Low-income families in </span>Cabarrus<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County still face long delays before getting food stamps, although those delays are getting shorter.</span></p><p>They're tied to a new online system the state is making counties use for applications for food stamps. Cabarrus and Mecklenburg were among several counties the state called <a href="http://wfae.org/post/cabarrus-among-nine-code-red-counties-food-stamp-delays" target="_blank">"code red"</a> last month because of how much they struggled with the new system.</p><p>WFAE's Michael Tomsic reports on the progress those counties have made. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 04:13:39 +0000 Michael Tomsic 38381 at http://wfae.org Cabarrus, Other Counties Shorten Food Stamp Delays MeckLINK Nearing Its End http://wfae.org/post/mecklink-nearing-its-end <p>Mecklenburg County commissioners are poised to give up the county’s new mental health agency, MeckLINK, less than a year after it opened for business. The state is forcing their hand.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:19:06 +0000 Ben Bradford 38269 at http://wfae.org MeckLINK Nearing Its End A Convoluted Appeals System For Mental Health Patients http://wfae.org/post/convoluted-appeals-system-mental-health-patients <p>Last year, North Carolina changed how it provides mental health care for those on Medicaid. The state put 11 regional organizations, called MCOs, in charge and gave them less money to work with. So, cuts to care were expected.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About half of these </span>MCOs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including </span>MeckLINK<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Charlotte, have denied upward of 20 percent of requests for care, according to self-reported data from the organizations. Patients can appeal, but North Carolina has made the process far more difficult.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:21:44 +0000 Ben Bradford 34318 at http://wfae.org Is NC Medicaid Broken Or Award-Winning? http://wfae.org/post/nc-medicaid-broken-or-award-winning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Pat </span>McCrory's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> administration is still working on an overhaul of one of North Carolina's most important – and expensive – health programs.</span></p><p>Medicaid serves about one and a half million low-income or disabled North Carolinians. And it costs the state roughly $36 million a day. McCrory has said the program is broken and inefficient, often pointing to an audit that found North Carolina is horrible at managing costs and budgeting.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 01:29:38 +0000 Michael Tomsic 33432 at http://wfae.org Is NC Medicaid Broken Or Award-Winning? Medicaid Reform In North Carolina http://wfae.org/post/medicaid-reform-north-carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 1.5 million North Carolinians rely on Medicaid for health care. It's a massive program that costs the state about $36 million a day. And it may be about to change dramatically. Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is pushing for an overhaul that some say would privatize the program. We'll examine what's working in the current model – what's not – and what the overhaul would mean for North Carolina, when Charlotte Talks.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 04:00:00 +0000 28574 at http://wfae.org Medicaid Reform In North Carolina N.C. Medicaid Director: Overhaul 'Is Not A Budget Exercise' http://wfae.org/post/nc-medicaid-director-overhaul-not-budget-exercise <p>Governor Pat McCrory outlined a plan to significantly change North Carolina's Medicaid program last week. A key person responsible for filling in the details is Carol Steckel. She's the director of the state's Medicaid program, and she spoke to WFAE's Michael Tomsic about the reasons for the overhaul and how it's designed to work.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 13:34:04 +0000 Michael Tomsic 24797 at http://wfae.org N.C. Medicaid Director: Overhaul 'Is Not A Budget Exercise'