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.

State Gives MeckLINK Another Chance

Jan 23, 2013

  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. 

Mecklenburg Will Sue State Over MeckLINK

Jan 9, 2013
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.

State Denies MeckLINK's Reinstatement

Jan 7, 2013

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.  

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Despite Decision, MeckLINK Proceeds As Normal

Jan 6, 2013

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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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.

NC uninsured rate growing fastest in nation

Mar 25, 2009

North Carolina health researchers today released new estimates that show a direct link between rising unemployment rates and the number of people without health insurance. They now estimate more than 20 percent of people in North Carolina are uninsured.

Cuts Could Affect Charities

Dec 12, 2005

(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.

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