Lawmakers seek answers from DHHS chief on food stamps, Medicaid troubles

Posted January 14, 2014

State Department of Health and Human Services Sec. Aldona Wos addresses ongoing issues with the NC FAST system Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in a oversight committee hearing. Beside her is Chief Compliance Officer Mark Payne.

— State Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos addressed ongoing issues with the NC FAST system Tuesday in a oversight committee hearing.

In her opening statements, she apologized for problems with a mounting food stamp backlog and almost 50,000 Medicaid cards that were incorrectly mailed to North Carolina families.

Follow @NCCapitol and reporters Mark Binker and Tyler Dukes on Twitter for updates on the remainder of Tuesday's hearing.



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  • ALECarolina Jan 14, 2014

    Need we say more?

  • humm61 Jan 14, 2014

    The ever-incompetent Dr Wos. She should have been fired months ago. No exit bonus, no thanks you's...just get out and stay gone.

  • Wacky_dood Jan 14, 2014

    Unbelievable how clueless these people are.

    And McCrory, sitting back (in interview after interview about DHHS incompetence) with his "ahh shucks" smirk and squinting eyes just goes to show the rotten apple at DHHS hasn't fallen far from the tree.

  • ambernicole919 Jan 14, 2014

    How laughable is this? It isn't the states fault it is the counties. Yet they told you there were problems months and months ago. They need to abandoned the system and go back to what was working and stop pushing NC FAST until they come up with a better solution.

  • unc70 Jan 14, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Nearly all the costs for the transition to the new systems would have been there even without the extra computer problems. The new systems track and cross check lots more types of data from NC, Fed, and private sources. That will all be good when fully operational, but a tedious mess when converting from the older systems which lacked these edit checks and thus had missing, inconsistent, wrong info. Little things like slight differences in spelling or abbreviations from one system to another have to be resolved. Data entry errors, etc. are common. And "fixing" little problems become huge efforts when multiplied by millions of people. None of this was helped over recent years by the State and many counties reducing the number of employees budgeted rather than increasing funding as was requested of the GA, Wake commissioners, et al.

  • NewToMe Jan 14, 2014

    Poor Aldona. She just doesn't have a clue. Maybe her difficulty to work with is coming back on her. Aldona, resign already... PLEASE!

  • weasel2 Jan 14, 2014

    Good Luck getting any straight answers from her. Shes a career politician.

  • rhess2 Jan 14, 2014

    The problems at DHHS as to do with the continued support Governor McCrory gives Secretary Aldona Wos. She along with many McCrory appointments fall into the category of being not qualified and/or big campaign donors.

  • mafiamic Jan 14, 2014

    The trouble is they freely gave it to the ones who didn't deserve it or were not entitled to it.

  • TP4Real Jan 14, 2014

    Lawmakers seek answers from DHHS chief on food stamps, Medicaid troubles

    good luck with that! You get answers every time you bring her in, just not good ones, truthful ones, or anything resembling reality. She's been well coached.