Joe Elinoff: McCrory’s Medicaid bluff

October 11, 2013 

It appears that officials of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services might have altered audit findings in an attempt to show that the administrative cost of Medicaid is far worse than it really is (“Key details withheld from N.C. response to Medicaid audit,” Oct. 10 news story).

We do not yet know who ordered these alterations, whether the blame is restricted to the DHHS or extends to the governor’s office. However, we do know this is a really big deal. Gov. Pat McCrory based his decision not to accept federally paid expansion of Medicaid, quoting the false statistics and saying that one should not increase participation in a “broken system.” Now it seems that the system is not only not broken but is quite efficient and well-run.

Joe Elinoff, Durham

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