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Gov McCrory’s Medicaid director: Problems identified by state auditor fixed by June 30

Governor McCrory and some legislators have said the main reason for not expanding Medicaid under Obamacare in NC is the recent state audit report that identified problems in how NC Medicaid tracks its spending and another issue of overtime payments.  Luckily the Governor’s new Medicaid director, Carol Steckel, said yesterday at a committee hearing that the identified problems will be fixed by June 30th of this year.  Therefore a “broken” Medicaid program will be fixed and shouldn’t be a barrier to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion – since Medicaid in NC wouldn’t  expand until January 1, 2014.

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7 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Why would we believe them now?

  2. david esmay

    February 15, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Another vapid pronouncement by the Maude Frickert of the blogoshere.

  3. Frances Jenkins

    February 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

    David,
    I highly recommend Moonshiners to you.You have such a horrible opinion of the less fortune, I think this program will help ground you. You want to be a part so much, it is very sad. Jim Tom on the Moonshine program has you about 35 points on an IQ test.

  4. Adam Searing

    February 16, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Pat McCrory is a Republican elected to serve as NC’s Governor this year. In our democratic system of government, the Governor is in charge of the executive branch of government, including the Department of Health and Human Services and NC’s Medicaid program. Our Republican Governor appointed Ms. Steckel, who most recently worked for another Republican, Governor Bobby Jindal of Alabama, to run NC’s Medicaid program. It was this appointee of our new Republican Governor who gave the timeline for fixing any problems in the now Republican-run NC Medicaid program.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    February 16, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Adam are you reporting the issue objectively or are you part of the problem/solution? I thought I saw you on WRAL.

  6. david esmay

    February 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Frances, what are you talking about?

  7. Vickie Wilson

    February 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Unfortunately, it will probably take an act of Congress to get anything done. More unfortunate than that, our elected officials in Washington, can’t seem to get anything done but fight and point fingers when both sides share the blame. Unless they act to avoid Sequester, it doesn’t seem to matter what we do here in NC. It would be a moot point. I think all of them have lost touch with what the average American living in the real world with real worries actually goes through. Worse than that they may not care anymore. When you reach the point where our lawmakers can’t be trusted to do what is right for the good of all the people because they put their political party before the people they are sworn to serve, then we are in trouble. Sadly, we may have reached the point where we have foxes guarding the hen house.