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NC Medicaid reductions getting focus of lawmakers

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s Medicaid program is struggling to reach $356 million in cuts required by the state
budget written by the Republican-led General Assembly.

Officials in Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration were expected Thursday to tell the Legislature’s chief government
oversight committee why the program faces a nearly $140 million cash shortfall this year.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says in a presentation posted on the committee’s web page that regulatory
approval delays, slow enrollment for managed care and outstanding federal government repayments are contributing to the shortfall.

GOP lawmakers have said state regulators should press the Obama administration to approve more quickly state changes to the
Medicaid plan to accelerate savings.

Perdue vetoed the budget that contained the Medicaid cuts. The Legislature overrode the veto.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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