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DHHS Officials Deny Their Own Medicaid Privatization Plans at Public Hearing

According to my colleague Adam Linker, at this afternoon’s public hearing with DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos on Governor McCrory’s plan to privatize the NC Medicaid program, there was more disinformation given out by McCrory’s appointees. McCrory’s Medicaid Director Carol Steckel said that the biggest myth about McCrory’s Medicaid plan is that they want private managed care. She denied strongly that they want to privatize NC’s award-winning physician-run nonprofit Medicaid managed care system.

This is simply incorrect. Here’s the presentation from Governor Pat McCrory introducing the Medicaid privatization plan. It states its goal of privatization very clearly on page six when it discusses the entities to which NC Medicaid contract will be awarded:

Competition

–Award contract to 3-4 statewide public or private entities through RFP process

The Medicaid privatization plan is remarkably unpopular, so I’m not surprised there is an effort to deny what it actually does. But McCrory’s appointees should not be so disingenous about what is actually in their plan.

2 Comments


  1. Gene Bridges

    May 15, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    You know, my faith in our Medicaid Director is rather low. This isn’t the first time she’s contradicted what others have said. Now, she’s contradicting the Governor himself. I tend to respect those with whom I disagree if they are at least consistent. She seems to have a nasty habit of not keeping up with her own statements and/or the statements of those around her.

  2. david esmay

    May 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    The NC GOP, one lies and the others swear to it.

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