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HanginTough Feb 1, 3:29 p.m.
Nobody much less a liberal would want to deal with this anchor that weighs our state down..Bev wouldn't because that eliminite her ablility to PANDER to her minority voting base. And if Pat does he will be called a racist...so it's a no win situation...if it was me I would cut everyone off and have everyone reapply...requiring VALID socials and non planned home visits...and random DRUG TESTING...if you are going to use people tax money to pay for blatant laziness then you are going to play by my rules...I am so sick of welfare paying for lotto cards and fast food. You want those things you your OWN MONEY and don't think they don't have it. They are lazy and entitled.
Come On_Seriously Feb 1, 10:41 a.m.
"Problems identified by Medicaid audit largely result of NC Republican’s own budget."
"the major finding in the audit, that NC’s Medicaid program wasn’t able to meet the budget set for it by the Republican majority in the General Assembly (and passed over former Democratic Governor Perdue’s veto)..."
krimson Feb 1, 10:32 a.m.
I guess its a good thing the State is not going to handle the Insurance Exchange thing...
superman Feb 1, 9:40 a.m.
Unemployment benefits are for two years but welfare is for life. Why dont they cut welfare?
RustyDawg Feb 1, 9:17 a.m.
I thought higher taxes was the answer? I hope this administration trims the fat and waste before sticking their hand out for more.
Wake1 Feb 1, 8:42 a.m.
None of this should have been a surprise!
bmac813 Feb 1, 8:34 a.m.
Where was Beverly When all this was going on. Oh She was shinning up her VETO PEN.
Look at all the States that voted in Republican's , Now they have to Clean up the Mess that the Democrats left them.
Purdue Had 440 and 540 Re Blacktopped, GEE GReat Job. They FORGOT ONE THING. FIX the Cracks and Broken sections of Highway before they Black-topped. Now what do you have , All the Cracks and Broken Section and coming Lose. Wast of TAX Payers Money.
If you do something , DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, LESS COSTLY.
But than again it's not their Money, Just Patt me on the Back, LOOK I did something, Even though it wasn't Right. I DID IT.
teleman60 Feb 1, 7:43 a.m.
The fraud and waste in Medicare and Medicaid is not people seeing the doctor it's THE CORPORATIONS AND DOCTORS WHO (LIKE WAKEMED) Fraudulently bill and steal MILLIONS EVERY DAY!!!
The people aren't billing the govt -- THE DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS ARE!!!
Mismanagement is an easy word to throw around but the hospitals and doctors who are doing this DIDN'T START YESTERDAY, They've been padding bills (stealing) for decades!!! WakeMed, Rex Hospital, Duke Hospital, Raleigh Duke Hospital -- they are all stealing!
And the rest of you with your stories of neighbors defrauding the system are probably making it up. If you're not turning these criminals in, you are as guilty as they are! It's the same as seeing your neighbor start a house on fire and complain here on WRAL and not to the police!!!
trishiaf Jan 31, 9:53 p.m.
This state is so top heavy and there are no checks and balances. Greed and corruption.... We have deficits yet they still get raises on top of ridiculous salaries. Worse, they have no guilt taking the money in spite of the deficits and lack of adequate services. Medicaid is cutting services and leaving people with substandard care or nothing. Dual diagnosed clients are sent across state lines to transfer the cost of care to providers and families causing injuries and burdens that bring families to rock bottom. Our loved ones are suffering! The very people in this program who are supposed to help our loved ones are hurting them. Shame on NC! It is a disgrace!
kathyanddavid Jan 31, 6:45 p.m.
Mismanagement goes right along with misuse! This program is in dire need of revamping! This money is meant for people that really need it. The food stamp card is a joke! I see it being misused at the grocery store all the time and friends of mine that work in grocery store have told me stories of misuse and they are not allowed to say anything!
superman Jan 31, 6:40 p.m.
Lets dont forget about the dozens of people who get welfare for life.
Rebelyell55 Jan 31, 6:34 p.m.
I find most noted, was the fact of multiple structure "two-thirds of the administrative costs were racked up by 10 other DHHS divisions ".... Hopefully, this group will take her finding and do something about it, since last time it was just as bad, yet no one was fired and it appears they just kept right on abusing the system.
tayled Jan 31, 5:37 p.m.
I further think if you qualify for medicaid help then you also need to pass a MANDATORY drug test too!
I would take it one step further. They should be tested for nicotine use and if found to be dependent on it, make quitting smoking a requirement to get welfare. Spend the money on your children, not on your habit!
tayled Jan 31, 5:33 p.m.
Let's see all the folks out there who are getting Medicaid who don't need it and don't qualify, but yet they get it.
Case in point was a friend of mine whose ex wife got Medicaid for the children,...despite the fact that (1) she received nearly $1000 a month in child support; and (2) she remarried and soon after, her new hubby inherited nearly a quarter of a million dollars. But yet she received Medicaid for two children!
aspenstreet1717 Jan 31, 5:07 p.m.
You mean cost the taxpayer, surely? And we have been told many times that the budget was cut to the bone.
rand321 Jan 31, 4:39 p.m.
Think of the money that could have been spent on education!
oleguy Jan 31, 4:32 p.m.
My neighbor on disability, medicade, and ssii,, With a bad back, Just bought him self a new Hard tail Chopper yesterday,, His back is so bad he cant drive to the doc,,, But he was ridding that new chopper yesterday,,,
maggiesp7 Jan 31, 4:18 p.m.
I knew a women who had medicaid for her and her two boys because she was a single parent and low income. This women got her teeth whiten for free. I had a job with insurance and couldn't afford to get my teeth whiten, what is fair about this?
Adventurer007 Jan 31, 4:06 p.m.
And people on here have insinuated time and again that there is very little fraud/waste in Medicare/Medicaid- come on, wake up; I would say this proves that the fraud/waste for Medicaid in NC is significant. And you can safely assume that if there is 38% waste with regards to admin. costs in NC that there is also significant fraud/waste at the federal level as well; just think about 30% of your tax dollars paid towards DHHS at the federal level being wasted (That's $261 Billion per year). DHHS at the federal level has the same mindset and mentality that they do at the state level- it's inefficient and mismanaged. Still think we don't have a fiscal management and spending problem? This could also explain why NC's state income taxes are some of the highest in the US- higher than VA, PA, NY, etc.
Z Man Jan 31, 3:55 p.m.
The auditor puts together great reports but NO ONE IS EVER PROSECUTED NOR HELD RESPONSIBLE. So why do we even need an auditor?
BaseBallMommy Jan 31, 3:28 p.m.
well a few years ago while I was providing health insurance for my step children I was informed that were still being covered by medicaid. When I called I was told that is how the system is. Wouldn't it save money if people who have health insurance weren't on medicaid? I was told it was by the household not individual. CLearly this is an easy way to save some money. Benefits should also be earned and have a time peirod. People should not be allowed to live on medicaid but utilize it to help, that is what it is meant for to help not provide!
computer trainer Jan 31, 3:08 p.m.
Bev did not have to be the one to request this audit. The Legislature could have done that.
weasel2 Jan 31, 2:59 p.m.
No don't tell me the democratic lead government mismanageed funds for the poor and downtrodden. Say ITs Not SOOOOOOOO.
Naysayer Jan 31, 2:35 p.m.
Gee what a shocker, and on Bev's watch to boot, how could this be?
djofraleigh Jan 31, 2:32 p.m.
Surely it was Bev who started this audit? Give her credit for that, but like she did with the nursing home problem, she kicked it into the next administration rather than deal with it. I wonder if she with teach those methods at Harvard in her stay there, and talk about political appointments to the Supreme Court as a lame duck and her hypocrisy in doing that. I'm a Democrat, still, but really we are democrits at times. I'm hoping McCrory does wonders, but our state has been run and let go. One party rule for over a century was not good for NC.
djofraleigh Jan 31, 2:26 p.m.
Medicaid pays for dental, vision, health for children, 100%. Children are well cared for in terms of public money spent on them.
djofraleigh Jan 31, 2:25 p.m.
It's not easy to qualify for medicaid as an adult. Your income can't be over 800 or so a month. Most people on disability make just over the cut off point.
Terkel Jan 31, 2:24 p.m.
They hire lazy, angry people who could not find jobs elsewhere. They cannot keep director-level positions filled. Management is marking time till retirement. You will find no one in the building after 5. And they bellyache about not getting raises. Truly you would not believe what else goes on there with HR's knowledge and management's blessing.
Nancy Jan 31, 2:18 p.m.
Every audit that has been done on state agencies in recent years points to fraud and waste - has ANYONE been fired?
I hope McCrory makes a few heads roll.
sunblazn Jan 31, 2:13 p.m.
"That and fraud too! My brother in law makes over 100K and he and his family are on Medicaid. I have been reporting him to DHHS for the past 2 1/2 years and yet they have done nothing. His son was just in the ICU for 2 weeks and that bill was well into the hundereds of thousands that was picked up by the state. To make matters worse his "caseworker" is the one that helps him get around "the system." Family or not. I have no sympathy for those who abuse the system. I am just so ticked off that in 2 1/2 years DHHS has done NOTHING and I am giving them all the info on a silver platter."
Not trying to be funny but....
Does your nephew have a history of medical problems? Seems to me that maybe your inlaws may need the help especially with hospital/medical bills in the "hundreds of thousands" and his $100,000 salary. Keep in mind, they are family and Karma can be a you know what? Abusing the system is one thing and needing the HELP is another!
Scubagirl Jan 31, 1:38 p.m.
Here's why: they hire lazy people who then cannot get fired! And since their mentality is 'it's not MY money, why should I care?' it's even worse.
I worked w/ a guy once a while back who lived w/ the mother of his 3 kids but would NOT get married because the $$ would dry up! some people are just disgusting and should have to pay back every single penny they get for carp like this. And enough is enough's BIL.....KEEP reporting him, write letters, make phone calls don't stop
pelosi-rulz Jan 31, 1:35 p.m.
Wait, didn't obamacare eliminate all the fraud in medicaid?
aspenstreet1717 Jan 31, 1:28 p.m.
Remember when we were told that their budget was cut to the bone?
As always the law abiding tax paying citizen gets the shaft.
busyb97 Jan 31, 1:19 p.m.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03