Name that DHHS mess

Aldona Wos

NCHHS Sec. Aldona Wos

Can’t keep up or remember all the headline-grabbing goofs over the last year at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services?

WRAL reporter Mark Binker compiled a chronological list here.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services under Secretary Aldona Wos has rarely gone a few weeks this year without contending with some major crisis or controversy.

Here’s a snippet of some of the problems, though it’s worth clicking on the WRAL link to refresh your memory of just what’s gone sour at the state agency over the last year.

From WRAL:

Sept. 2013: Chief of staff paid $37,000 “severance”

The Department of Health and Human Services paid Thomas L. Adams $37,227.25 as “severance” after he served just one month as chief of staff at the department. Adams’ severance payment stood out because he occupied an exempt position, meaning he could be hired and fired at will with little notice and no need for the state to give cause and no appeal rights. The settlement was in addition to $14,000 in salary he earned over a short tenure.

And

Oct. 2013: State closes off WIC benefits for women and children as questions rise about whether the move was necessary Questions remain on WIC closure

Dysfunction in Washington came to North Carolina as the partial federal government shutdown stemmed the flow of tax dollars to North Carolina. The Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, nutrition program was one of the hardest hit by the shutdown. North Carolina announced it would stop processing applications due to the shutdown. But the federal government raised questions about that response, saying that the state should have had a reserve to allow them to carry on work through the shutdown period. Question intensified because WIC programs in other states continued operating.

And, most recently:

Jan. 2014: Doctors sue over Medicaid billing problems

North Carolina’s Medicaid billing system has been so dysfunctional that it costs doctors time, money and patients, according to a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of medical providers in early January 2014. The suit alleges the state Department of Health and Human Services and some of its computer services providers were negligent in developing and implementing a new Medicaid claims billing system, known as NCTracks. Doctors from Cumberland, Nash, New Hanover, Robeson and Wake counties are part of the suit and claim “NCTracks has been a disaster, inflicting millions of dollars in damages upon North Carolina’s Medicaid providers.”

6 Comments

  1. Frances Jenkins

    January 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Sarah,
    When Wos took over DHHS how many cars were unaccounted for?
    How many laptops were missing?
    How many cell phones were missing?
    How many employees had not show for work in two years?

    You lack of honesty overwhelms me.

  2. Alan

    January 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Frances, your lack of honesty overwhelms me…

  3. Frances Jenkins

    January 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    You sound like Obama. No IRS Scandal although 208 Tea Party Groups to 8 Liberal Far Left Groups were investigated. Fast and Furious but no explanation even though one American lost their life.Ignored the death of four American and then lies about a tape, Clinton lied, Obama lied and Rice lied. They did it with malice and forethought. It just can not get any better than these lies!!NCDHHS is ten times better than ever before. You just can not bring your self to be truthful.

  4. Alan

    January 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Wow Frances, did you receive all that through the tin-foil hat?

  5. Alan

    January 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    It appears Francis has been kidnapped, and her kidnappers are not allowing her to see any news…that would be the only category of person that’s missed the entire episode of incompetence at DHHS…

  6. Frances Jenkins

    January 21, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Why is it liberals can not admit they lie?