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NC Medicaid spending less than expected this year

Posted November 30

— North Carolina's Medicaid program is spending slightly less than lawmakers anticipated so far this fiscal year although enrollment in the government health coverage program is higher than expected.

Program leaders and the General Assembly's fiscal staff agreed Tuesday on numbers showing Medicaid spending $22 million less — about 2 percent lower — than what lawmakers budgeted through Oct. 31.

A fiscal analyst told a legislative committee that Medicaid enrollment was about 18,000 higher than forecast in November but spending on patients considered the most expensive to treat is under budget.

Medicaid in North Carolina serves more than 1.9 million people and will receive $3.6 billion in state money in the year ending next June 30. The state program's finances have ended the past three fiscal years in the black.

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