I just found this amusing. Remember last month as Governor McCrory’s administration put forward its plans for reforming NC’s Medicaid program with much fanfare? It was all about “Accountable Care Organizations” or “ACOs” – basically just a different and – possibly – more efficient and effective way to pay doctors and hospitals for delivering care. ACOs represent incremental, cautious and responsible Medicaid reform. This is much better than selling off our Medicaid program to out-of-state insurance companies, a policy advocated by many ultra-conservatives in our General Assembly, which might give you an idea of how McCrory’s plan is being received.
Anyway, I was at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the main part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services) website yesterday and what were they highlighting? The role of Accountable Care Organizations in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Glad to see that McCrory is embracing at least some of the ACA – now, if he could just explain to us how is he going to expand Medicaid and close the NC coverage gap.