Look for more questions after lunch today from members of the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, after the state auditor released a new performance audit Monday.
Among Beth Wood’s findings: DHHS does not have a plan to address the range of problems with NCTracks, the state’s beleaguered Medicaid billing system.
Coinciding with that report, WRAL-TV details how DHHS downplayed issues with NC FAST, the system designed to streamline delivery of food stamp benefits.
Other stories folks are talking about this afternoon:
President Obama was among the dignitaries who delivered a powerful tribute this morning at the service for the late South African President Nelson Mandela. You can read the full text of Obama’s remarks here.
Time offers a rundown of its Top Ten Finalists for Person of the Year in 2013.
The U.S. Senate has approved a 10-year extension of the federal law banning plastic firearms that can go undetected by X-ray machines and metal detectors. For those keeping score, this bill is the only piece of gun legislation to pass Congress, almost a year after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Finally, we’ll close out today’s lunch links with a classic composition from the Vince Guaraldi Trio to lift your holiday spirits: