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Originally published: 2013-04-09 15:13:10
Last modified: 2013-04-09 15:13:09

Governor plans major Medicaid reform

Anna Oakes / (

Gov. Pat McCrory plans to reform the state's Medicaid system by awarding contracts to several public or private organizations to manage the delivery of Medicaid-funded services as "comprehensive care entities."
The governor, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos and state Medicaid Director Carol Steckel unveiled the plan April 3. Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income parents, children, seniors and people with disabilities. North Carolina's $13 billion system serves 1.5 million people, with the majority of funding coming from the federal government.
The state leaders say the plan will provide care that is more comprehensive, focused on patient outcomes and more efficient for healthcare providers.
"Medicaid reform is long overdue and essential for the future health of North Carolina," McCrory said in a statement. "We're bringing all partners together to improve care, customer service and efficiency, but, most importantly, to deliver right care at the right place at the right time to improve results for our state's most vulnerable citizens."

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