Aldona Wos

The ridiculously simple solution to NC's Medicaid problem

Fire Wos.

It's abundantly clear that Queen Aldona is the problem.

Both Hise and Dollar also said that the Department of Health and Human Resources sorely needs experienced Medicaid officials to manage a complicated program that provides care to 1.7 million North Carolinians: the blind, disabled, elderly and poor children and their parents.

To which North Carolinians respond "DUH!"

Yet the thoroughly incompetent Aldona does just the opposite, surrounding herself with people who have no such experience. To top it off, she pays them ridiculously inflated fees using our taxpayer dollars [emphasis mine]

Charlotte Observer says Queen Aldona must go

As I said yesterday, if Mayor Pat were running North Carolina like a business, he would have fired Aldona Wos for incompetence a year ago.

(McCrory) needs to fire Wos and recruit and keep experienced and talented staff. He also needs to end the practice of no-bid contracts that Wos has made a staple of DHHS and has led to wasted dollars on incompetent hires.

Lots of people have called for Wos to be fired, but it isn't going to happen. McCrory needs access to her pocketbook to fund his next campaign.

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Budget busted by $60 million Pope and DHHS goof

WRAL is out with the news this morning that the Department of Health and Human Services has blown a $60 million hole in the state's budget. Budget Director Art Pope and DHHS head Aldona Wos issued a press release this morning, revealing that the state had violated Federal guidelines on Medicaid.

During budget meetings earlier this year, Department of Health and Human Services officials guaranteed lawmakers that they had the Medicaid budget under control and that there would be no late-spring surprises from unexpected cost overruns. While this isn't a billing error or computer glitch like those that have plagued the department in the past, it is a nasty fiscal shock that comes in the middle of the budget process.

Another non-functioning State Agency?

This is the current message at DMV web site. Maybe Aldona is moonlighting with the DMV!

Vehicle Registration Login

If your vehicle has passed inspection but you are unable to renew your registration online, you can renew at any License Plate Agency by presenting your inspection receipt. We are working to correct this issue and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions about your inspection, please call 1-877-421-0020. If you have questions about this payment system, please call (919) 715-7000.

Seven months, no public records

Back in September -- 7 months ago -- the Raleigh News & Observer made a public records request of Queen Aldona's realm. They asked for emails of Carol Steckel (you remember Carol, she was hired as the savior of NC's Medicaid program and lasted 8 months under Queen Aldona before she abruptly resigned).

It’s been 205 days since The News & Observer requested emails of former state Medicaid director Carol Steckel.

What could possibly take so long?

Queen Aldona: It's not my fault!

Everything's great!

That's what Queen Aldona told her oversight committee. After getting slapped down by the feds for her disastrous management of NC's food stamp program, in which people who should have waited a few days ended up waiting months, Queen Aldona said she had it all fixed.

Except she didn't.

Wos told the Joint Legislative DHHS Oversight panel that only 520 cases remained in the queue statewide as of Tuesday, and officials were confident that the state could meet the March 31 deadline. Then, Guilford County officials notified DHHS early Wednesday of an additional backlog.

There's no question that Queen Aldona is in over her head. She's thoroughly incompetent. She should not only be fired, but also tarred and feathered and carried in a cart. By the SNAP recipients of North Carolina.

NC Medicaid Reform

After floating a trial balloon for privatizing Medicaid that sunk rapidly among the health care providers of the state, Deputy Assistant Guvnor Pat has now rolled out his proposed Medicaid reform plan, which relies heavily on Accountable Care Organizations. This plan has a far more favorable view from healthcare providers and payers.

Yeah, we know it's hard to believe that (1) Queen Aldona and DAG McCrony could apparently get something largely right (still to be determined); and (2) Queen Aldona and DAG McCrony could actually admit that their initial proposal was a disaster and make actual substantive changes.

Pat delivers on his promises

As our Deputy Assistant Guvnor, Pat McCrony promised to make government operations more efficient and provide excellent customer service.

We argue that he's succeeded! Let's look at two of his favorite departments as examples:

The DHHS ship is sinking

Another top-gun at DHHS jumps ship. I wouldn't want to work there either.

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.

How many McCrory appointees does it take to screw up a light bulb?

Just one: Aldona Wos.

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.

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