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(2.15.13) Feds: Exchange Cost To N.C. = Zero
RALEIGH — Published reports that North Carolina must pay $181 million to the federal government annually as a consequence of failing to set up a state-run health exchange under Obamacare are false. The money would come from fees assessed on health insurance providers, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the N.C. Department of Insurance.
(2.14.13) Audit Says DHHS Paid Managers $580,000 In Unauthorized Overtime
RALEIGH — In all, $580,758 in overtime compensation was paid, mostly to manager- and executive-level personnel in the Medicaid Management Information System from April 1, 2008, to July 31, 2012, without being sent through required procedural channels, reported an audit published Thursday.
(2.13.13) Bill Rejecting Key Obamacare Provisions Headed to House Floor
RALEIGH — Buoyed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement that he does not support expanding Medicaid rolls or creating a state-run health insurance exchange, a state House committee voted Tuesday over Democrats’ objections in favor of Senate Bill 4, legislation rejecting the same provisions of Obamacare.
(1.13.10) Perdue Silent on Unfunded Medicaid Mandate
RALEIGH — Congress is finalizing a bill that would expand Medicaid — the government health program for the poor. The federal government and the states share the costs of Medicaid, so any new obligation eventually would be borne, at least in part, by state taxpayers. And so far, Gov. Bev Perdue has neither opposed the legislation nor stated any strong objections to the financial toll the bills being negotiated in Washington would take on North Carolina residents.