Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Medicaid Reform In North Carolina

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 McCrory 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.

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Local News
9:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

N.C. Medicaid Director: Overhaul 'Is Not A Budget Exercise'

Carol Steckel
Credit NC DHHS

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.

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Local News
3:17 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Gov. McCrory Announces Big Changes For N.C Medicaid

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory plans to make major changes to the state's Medicaid system. About 1.8 1.5 million North Carolinians who are low-income, young, elderly or disabled rely on Medicaid for health coverage.

McCrory said the current system is broken and inefficient.  He pointed to an audit that showed the state has been horrible at managing the cost of the program. He said the state hasn't been much better at managing the care people get, either.

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Local News
12:17 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State Gives MeckLINK Another Chance

  Mecklenburg County will have another chance to prove it’s ready to take over more than $200 million in Medicaid funds for mental health services.

The county spent the last two years and $3 million  preparing its agency MeckLINK to handle mental health, substance abuse, and disability services, as part of a statewide change to how Medicaid funds for those services are dispersed. 

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Local News
9:17 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Mecklenburg Will Sue State Over MeckLINK

Commission Chair, Pat Cotham, left, and Trevor Fuller listen during a County Commissioners meeting at the Government Center Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

Mecklenburg County will continue its fight to reinstate its mental health service agency, MeckLINK, as the overseer of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds. In a last ditch effort, county commissioners unanimously voted to take their case to court.

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Local News
12:21 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

State Denies MeckLINK's Reinstatement

The new Secretary of Health and Human Services has denied Mecklenburg County’s request to reinstate MeckLINK as the area’s manager of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds.  

Audio Pending...

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Local News
10:21 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Despite Decision, MeckLINK Proceeds As Normal

Mecklenburg County officials learned last week they will not get hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds to administer mental health, disability, and substance abuse services. But, the county is proceeding as if will get the money, anyway, despite the state’s decision to reassign those funds to an outside organization.

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6:33 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Major S.C. Insurers Will Stop Covering Early Elective Births

Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and South Carolina's Medicaid program will no longer insure early elective delivery procedures for non-medical reasons starting January 1.
Credit Craig Larsen/flickr

The largest insurance provider in South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and the state's Medicaid program will no longer cover the cost of deliveries for women who choose to give birth early for non-medical reasons.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Mon December 12, 2005

Cuts Could Affect Charities

(12/12/05) Faith-based and community organizations traditionally increase their efforts to help the poor over the holiday season. But Congress is considering cuts to Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs that could make it more difficult for Charlotte-area charities in the future. From Capitol Hill, Terry Gildea reports.