Rumor has it Aldona Wos will take the fall today. I hope it's true. I'm sure she meant well, as they all do, but there's simply no way to repair all the damage she's done in her short tenure. Thousands of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars squandered in the name of efficiency.
In a special event in Charlotte today, three leaders of North Carolina's government shed crocodile tears about the oh-so terrible treatment poor people are getting here in the Old North State:
The very same people who played political chess with hundreds of millions of dollars in federal Medicaid and unemployment dollars that would have helped millions of people if myriad tangible and critical ways (and in Pope’s case, the very same guy who is funding the anarchist/Tea Party campaign to hold the government hostage) are now crying crocodile tears about “hardship” for people in need.
After grilling leaders at the state Department of Health and Human Services for about nine hours on Tuesday about flawed programs and high salaries, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed frustration.
Legislators didn’t get a firm date for when a Medicaid claims payment system that’s frustrating hospitals, doctors and medical equipment companies will work as advertised.
Nor were some happy with DHHS Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos’ explanation that she followed state rules when paying two 24-year-olds $85,000 and $87,500 respectively.
According to its incorporation papers, the new nonprofit will be "collaborating with the North Carolina Department of Commerce to assist, promote, and enhance economic opportunities, particularly in the State of North Carolina's rural and urban communities; and involving the private sector in a meaningful and material way in economic development efforts previously undertaken by the State of North Carolina and its instrumentalities and political subdivisions, and thereby lessening the burdens on, and of, government."
Although the incorporation papers don't specify, the initial 15-member board would be appointed by the governor, speaker of the House and Senate president pro tem, according to Senate Bill 127.
This is all that McCrory and Decker know how to do: take money from taxpayers and shove it into the pockets of "a new nonprofit" comprised of 15 McCronies. I have a better idea.
Carol Steckel resigned Monday as the director of North Carolina's Medicaid program. Steckel was brought in from Louisiana last spring to overhaul the Medicaid program, which has suffered repeated cost overruns in recent years.
When a new leader comes into a new job, she has every right to shape her management team to reflect her personal convictions. But what happens when those convictions undermine public trust and confidence, especially in government service? That's what is happening in the Department of Health and Human Services, as the Greenvile Reflector accurately points out:
In May, Wos blamed Democratic Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin — rather than votes by the Republican-led House and Senate, and McCrory’s signature — for the decision blocking Medicaid expansion to 500,000 residents.
In July, Dr. Laura Gerald, state health director and director of the Division of Public Health, resigned her post, citing differences with Wos’ leadership.
As the federal government and states around the county gear up for the October 1 rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces, North Carolina is finalizing the shutdown of what would have been one of the most extensive outreach and assistance plans in the country.
The state’s Department of Insurance confirmed this week it is preparing to send Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius formal notification that the state is ending the programs and will no longer tap millions in federal grants it received earlier this year to pay for them.
Submitted by scharrison on Thu, 08/22/2013 - 3:41pm
Via e-mail from a concerned reader:
Not only has the Gov made DENR positions exempt employees but he has now made all CDSA (Children's Developmental Services Agency) Directors exempt employees as well. That's in addition to a cut of 160 positions out of approximately 800 employees. This is all in an agency that provides services to children under age 3 with disabilities.
As far as I can see, this is the first reference to specific targets out of the reported 389 NC DHHS employees. DHHS is being rather closed-lip about this, and I can understand why. So while we're waiting for the mainstream media's FOIAs to crawl their way through the system, why don't we take a look at what DAG McCrory appears to be lining up in his budget-cut crosshairs:
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