Aldona Wos

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North Carolina's highest ranking health official is stepping down. Aldona Wos has led Governor Pat McCrory's health department since 2013. Her tenure included threats from the federal government over food stamp delays but also significant improvements in the state's Medicaid budget.

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There are still major problems with new state software, which is supposed to speed up processing of government assistance claims.


CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

State and county employees may have to continue working nights and weekends to keep North Carolina's food stamp backlog under control. Those kinds of hours helped the state make tremendous progress toward a federal deadline Monday. But more challenges remain.


CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

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 Aldona Wos told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.

The problems in Health and Human Services are affecting the poorest people in North Carolina the most.

CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

North Carolina DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos has had a tough week.  Last Friday, it came out DHHS violated federal privacy laws by sending nearly 50,000 children’s insurance cards out to the wrong addresses.  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.  It’s more ammunition for critics of Secretary Wos.

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins Marshall Terry in the studio now. 

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The new system North Carolina uses to process Medicaid payments is still a nightmare for many providers. That's one of several controversies that legislative oversight committees focused on Tuesday in Raleigh. Lawmakers also found out more about food stamp delays. And they directed pointed questions at Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and her top staff.


North Carolina lawmakers will find out more Tuesday about why many families have been facing long delays for food stamps, what's next for the state's proposed Medicaid overhaul, and why certain Department Health and Human Services employees have received large raises.

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