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7:31 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Digging Deeper Into The Governor's Budget

Credit Governor's office

State lawmakers began digging into the details of Governor Pat McCrory’s budget today as did state agencies, lobbyists and, reporters too. McCrory plans to pay for raises for all state employees in part by cutting funds to the UNC system. But his budget includes plenty of other cuts and additions large and small. WFAE’s Lisa Miller joined Mark Rumsey to discuss some of them.


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Local News
1:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013

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.

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: 

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Local News
9:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

State Finds Major Problems In Union County Child Welfare Program

Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson were indicted on child abuse charges in December. Larson was fired from her job as a child protective services supervisor.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years. 

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Local News
9:19 am
Wed January 15, 2014

NC Health Secretary Wos Can't Say When Food Stamp Delays Will End

Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos in an earlier legislative oversight committee meeting.
Credit 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.

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Local News
6:13 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

USDA Warning Latest Problem For Wos, DHHS

Credit 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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Politics
5:12 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

DHHS Spokesman Leaves For Washington After Controversial Year

Ricky Diaz
Credit Facebook

The McCrory administration’s 24-year-old health department spokesman is headed to Washington, less than a year after his appointment stoked controversy.


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Crime
4:04 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse

The Monroe couple, Dorian Lee Harper and Wanda Sue Larson, accused of child abuse in Union County.
Credit Union County Sheriff's Office

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.

Grand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.


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Crime
9:45 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Monroe Couple Were Guardians, Not Foster Parents Of Handcuffed Child

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. DHHS says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.


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Local News
12:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message

Mark Payne, Chief Compliance Officer at North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos answer questions during a day-long hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Raleigh on Tuesday.
Credit CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

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 North Carolina Health News reported that the McCrory administration and the department had done some extra spin to make the state's Medicaid program look particularly broken.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

NC DHHS Responds To Critics With Slick Infographic

A new infographic distributed by the NC Department of Health and Human Services touts recent accomplishments.
Credit DHHS

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.


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