State Politics

Public comment sought on NC Medicaid plan

North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services is holding public comment sessions on its plan to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

The only session scheduled in the Triangle will be held March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McKimmon Center, 1101 Gorman St. in Raleigh, Room 6.

The state plans to establish three statewide Medicaid managed care plans and six regional plans run by “provider-led entities,” meaning hospitals or doctors. The state would pay the health managers a set amount for health care coverage for each patient, moving away from paying for each hospital stay, medical procedure and office visit.

The federal government covers about two-thirds of the state’s Medicaid costs. It must approve the proposed changes.

About $1.9 million people are enrolled in Medicaid, at a cost of about $14 billion a year.