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McCrory calls for Medicaid overhaul

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Gov. Pat McCrory wants to blow up the state's current $13 billion a year Medicaid program, by overhauling it in an effort to reduce costs and inefficiency for the elderly and disabled.

McCrory made the announcement at the state DHHS offices at the Dorothea Dix campus in Raleigh.

"We have to improve Medicaid for the state's most vulnerable people," McCrory said.

He called for better customer service, a constant theme of his administration.

"We must have a system that puts people first."

McCrory said his administration will need the support of the federal government and General Assembly. He has already met with Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Medicaid reform is long overdue and essential for the future health of North Carolina," McCrory said. "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."

The Medicaid program spends about $13 billion in state and federal funds a year to provide health coverage for more than 1.5 million North Carolina residents - most of them poor children, older adults and the disabled.

McCrory last month ordered state government offices to trim costs to help keep the budget balanced because he said the state Medicaid program was expected to spend at least $200 million more than projected.

McCrory did not address the future of the Dix park. The city of Raleigh has a lease for all of the Dix land, but a bill that has passed the state Senate would void that lease and offer the city only 200 acres.

McCrory has not taken a specific position on Dix yet.

 

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