Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lashed out Tuesday at the governors in five Southern states, and Rick Perry (R-Texas) in particular, for “playing politics with people’s lives” by refusing to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.
Speaking in an interview on HuffPostLive, Sebelius called their decisions “an outrage,” and urged the constituents of those states to pressure their legislatures and let their governors know this is “not acceptable.”
“The worst situation is in the states that so far have not decided to take up the offer of the fed government to expand Medicaid … in the five states with the highest level of uninsured African-Americans, four out of five of those — Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida — are not expanding Medicaid,” she said.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Sun, 01/26/2014 - 8:31pm
State decisions needed on Medicaid funding from the Sunday editions of Asheville C-T
Jan 26, 2014 | Lanier Cansler OPINION ... Part two of a two-part guest commentary There are two fundamental questions that must be answered if we are going to achieve successful Medicaid reform. First, is the program ...
Medicaid program needs budget goals
Jan 19, 2014 | Lanier Cansler OPINION ... Part one of a two-part guest commentary There has been significant discussion over the past year about North Carolina's Medicaid program. Gov. Pat McCrory and DHHS Secretary Aldona Vos...
DHHS officials said Sunday that NC FAST isn’t the only contributor to the backlog and that its own data overstates the problem.
Julie Henry, a spokeswoman for DHHS, said troublesome factors included a new computer system, increased county workloads and adjustments to accommodate the new health care law. That created a “perfect storm” partly responsible for the growth in overdue food stamp applications.
In related news, it's now being reported that the deluge which swept through central North Carolina on Saturday, combining high winds, flash floods and a few stealth tornadoes, was also a byproduct of the Affordable Care Act.
Submitted by Vicki Boyer on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:27pm
If medicaid is expanded in NC it will be in 2015.
It will give the hospital industry time to gear up their lobbying arm and have an impact on NCGA. They will then be dealing with the winners of the 2014 state election and not those currently running to be re-elected and subject to right wing criticism on the issue.
Expansion the year before he is up for re-election will allow McCrory to claim he has 'fixed' the medicaid program here--perhaps by replacing Aldona Wos (A small sacrifice for a second term as governor.) He can then bask in the warmth of those happy with their new coverage. And receive campaign contributions from the hospital lobby. It will please moderate voters and allow McCrory to say he is truly the moderate he claimed he was during his first gubernatorial campaign, pulling their votes back in his direction for 2016.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 4:19pm
As you may know, the UK newspaper the Guardian is running a series on leaked documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the industry lobbying group that has pushed "model" extremist conservative legislation, including "stand your ground" gun laws, through many state houses.
In this installment, they discover that Art Pope's foundation Civitas developed a campaign to discredit Medicaid and sought monies through ALEC to implement it.
What's not quite right about this is that Civitas is officially an "educational" non-profit, not a lobbying organization, under IRS and campaign finance regulations. The Guardian is publishing the series, questioning whether this direct lobbying and advertising is illegal (lobbying organizations have to report on their activities and funding).
Also interesting - their language and talking points seem to have been coordinated with the McCrory administration.
Submitted by Tom Sullivan on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 1:21pm
Richard (RJ) Eskow was on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto recently. Since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is positioning himself to run for president as a moderate Republican and since Fox Republicans can't have that, Cavuto invited Eskow on to bash Christie for him.
Steckel is leaving her $210,000 state position to be senior director of public policy at WellCare Health Plans, which provides managed care plans for Medicaid and Medicare.
The state Department of Health and Human Services is working on a plan to transform Medicaid that will open the $13 billion government health insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled to management by private companies. They call the plan the “Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina,” and Steckel had the lead role in creating it.
This story could be a an entire chapter in Business Ethics 101, a model of what not to do. But it probably won't be mentioned in any Legislative oversight hearings, because the NC GOP thinks private companies should be running the government anyway.
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.
Top officials [at NC DHHS] are about to embark on another "listening tour," according to a set of slides that Sandy Terrell, the Division of Medical Assistance's acting chief operating officer, presented at the North Carolina Institute of Medicines annual conference this month. It's unclear where and to whom the agency will be listening. Also unclear is what Terrell meant when she wrote that there would be "changes within the Division of Medical Assistance."
The Department of Health and Human Services refused a request to make Terrell or anyone else available to talk about pending changes in Medicaid, saying that an announcement was coming.
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