Vellucci makes $168,000 a year. He received a $23,284 raise last summer so he wouldn’t leave the job.
Looks like DHHS and DENR are in a shootout to see who can hit rock bottom faster. With Wos driving DHHS deep into the ground, and Skvarla stepping up as McCrory's fall-guy, it's sure to be a close contest.
And will respect to Representative Avila, it's not a question of making the government look like it's totally incompetent. The government IS totally incompetent, and citizens are right to conclude that you have no idea what you're doing.
“We could have found a way to solve this problem and not make this government look like it’s totally incompetent,” Avila said. “We could have handled this in a much more adult way and not put the question to the citizens of this state that we don’t know what we are doing.”
How many screw-ups will Pat McCrory tolerate from Queen Aldona before he fires her? You know the answer. He can't fire her. She's one of his money bags.
Not content with her previous no-bid contract awards to family friends and Republican stalwarts, DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos is upping the ante.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services late Friday announced a $3 million sole source contract for a Washington, D.C.-area consulting firm to fix the problems in the state’s troubled $13 billion Medicaid program.
The suit alleges the state Department of Health and Human Services and some of its computer services providers were negligent in developing and implementing a new Medicaid claims billing system, known as NCTracks. Doctors from Cumberland, Nash, New Hanover, Robeson and Wake counties are part of the suit and claim "NCTracks has been a disaster, inflicting millions of dollars in damages upon North Carolina’s Medicaid providers.”
It's hard to look at this without factoring in the GOP's ideological aversion to Medicaid and other threads in the safety net. Considering the way our health care system is designed, with private-practice providers making up the bulk of the "suppliers" in the industry, a disruption in payments could cause/force many of them to stop seeing Medicaid recipients. An outcome that many Republicans would welcome. It's no great leap to assume that many of our lawmakers would consider NCTracks a resounding success.
The responsible parties are exempt from consequences. Wos is shielded by the money she raised for McCrory. The governor is protected by his unwillingness to take responsibility. What’s broken at DHHS will take an election to fix.
The SS Queen Aldona is rudderless and lost at sea. Pat McCrory has decided to go down with the ship.
Republicans, led by the governor, said the mistake is yet another example of how dysfunctional the Department of Health and Human Services had become under previous Democratic administrations.
Leading Democrats, however, are calling for Wos to go.
“There’s obviously no administrator over there making sure the nuts and bolts get done every day, and we need to hire someone to do that,” said Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt, an Asheville Democrat.
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