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  • sunshine1040 Mar 15, 2014

    This is emergency surgery and needs to be taken care of immediately. It would have been treated by cancer center before Obama care changed all the rules. I have insurance that paid for my cancer treatments but do you know how much you the taxpayers paid for it one year you paid $3000 a month for a shot. Years before you paid for 8 chem treatments and 12 weeks of radiation. I could not work because of side effects of the treatment for over a year and then all the test you have paid for because I was one of the few that had a good heath insurance plan My husband and I did not have to file for bankruptcy like many I know did and will now have to with their new low cost insurance.

  • matlock7777 Mar 15, 2014

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    Please read my post. Caseworkers are working crazy overtime and are stressed to the max trying to get these applications processed and their normal work done as well. These backlogs, cases that will not go through, having to work many different programs FS and Medicaid- etc. to now being a universal worker is out of their control. One can blame who they wish, but know that it is not because the workers don't want to do their jobs.

  • matlock7777 Mar 15, 2014

    The Foodstamp and Medicaid issues are NOT fault of the Counties or the county employees. This is a system that NC was forced to push out before it was ready and due to the ACA. It started with FS going on to the new NCFast system., many counties got behind-main reason was due to they system not working properly. Then with the ACA and the open enrollment in Oct 2013 people could go online to "shop" for lower cost subsidies but are directed to apply for Medicaid (even if not eligible) -in order to get a denial letter. This obviously created a HUGE amount of online applications in the Federal marketplace . Since Jan. , those applications are coming from the Feds to the counties and being distributed to the caseworkers to evaluate and process each and every application -(which is not a simple/ quick task) ON TOP of their normal applications for Medicaid and Foodstamp applications and renewals that they have coming in daily. The workers are now universal workers for various programs.

  • goldenosprey Mar 14, 2014

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    What makes you so sure she can pay on a sliding scale? Source?

    How do you know the scale slides far enough?

    If she DOES pay on a sliding scale, are not other patients on the other end of that scale picking up the slack? Isn't that dreaded socialism?

    I would argue she should NOT have to pay full price because the only reason it costs what it does is because of the backwards profit driven system we insist on maintaining, as patients declare bankruptcy right and left. No one in the world, NO ONE pays what we do for healthcare, whether it is full on free market or single payer. Inexcusable.

  • sabsco Mar 14, 2014

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    The answer to every one of your questions is right there in the article.

  • smccaskill1 Mar 14, 2014

    My question is does she work? Is she disabled? Does she have children? So many questions that this does not make sense.

  • goldenosprey Mar 14, 2014

    stymieindurham

    She was simply enjoying her "freedoms" to not be paid a living wage or have insurance paid for by magic beans. Typical conservative responses are "don't expect taxpayers to pay for YOUR problem" and "work out a payment plan for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cancer treatment, especially after it is made worse by delays." My favorite is the complaint this was caused by government healthcare when the opposite is true. This was caused by a LACK of government healthcare. If we had universal coverage this woman and her kids would not be in this fix. But it's so much better to pay twice as much what other countries do...

  • flyfish42 Mar 14, 2014

    Has it occurred to anyone else that perhaps the McCrory/Pope regime (and Aldona Wos) are intentionally screwing up the administration of these systems in order to make a case for privatizing them, and because they feel that everyone on Medicare, food stamps and/or unemployment are simply lazy and unwilling to "get to work"?

  • Eq Videri Mar 14, 2014
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    Quite right, CT. This is mostly a county NC FAST implementation problem.

    It is easy to find problems with Wake County DSS, because it has been poorly managed for years, unfortunately with no sign of improvement. Maybe the incoming county manager will turn things around, but that would take time.

    Look on either side of Wake, though, and other Triangle counties have done very well with NC FAST: Orange, Johnston, etc., as well as other counties around the state.

    Meanwhile Mecklenburg, which has a population similar to Wake's, with even more Medicaid recipients, has done much better with NC FAST than Wake has. Why is that?

    When some counties perform so much better than others at implementation, that tells you that the main problem is local county management, not the underlying state or federal system.

    It would be helpful to voters, taxpayers, and Medicaid recipients if WRAL looked into that.

  • doctorgraves71 Mar 14, 2014

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    So your saying the old system was better for everyone or just you? BTW, this has nothing to do with big gov, it's the people you voted for that are dazed and confused....AHCA is the law, get used to it..

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 14, 2014
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    "Doesn't Medicaid have a monthly premimum? "

    MediCARE does but I don't think medicaid does

  • djfreaky Mar 14, 2014

    The Republican agenda is working. They simply forgot to mention that death panels were going to be a part of THEIR "health plan" for North Carolinians.

  • Barbara Sossomon Mar 14, 2014
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    This is a COUNTY issue. And are the same people who are doing the foodstamp approvals also doing the medicare approvals?

    I also wonder if this lump was found in a routine medical exam, why is that not covered under the medical plan that she had the exam under?

  • Stephania Sidberry Mar 14, 2014
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    RHESS2, I do agree with the first part of your comment. It would be interesting to know if other states are having these same problems and if so, what are they doing about them. I would think this would be something DHHS AND the media would be interested in as well. But to date I don't recall reading or hearing anything about other states.

  • PickAnotherID Mar 14, 2014

    It's not just for Medicaid. My's daughter's been waiting almost 6 months for DSS to process her Health Choice application.

  • Amy Whaley Mar 14, 2014
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    no monthly payment for medicaid... it is free!

  • stymieindurham Mar 14, 2014

    You can't spell woes without Wos. Thanks for nothing McCrory.
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    I dont't thin "Governor" McCrory nor Ms. Wos made the decision for this person NOT to have medical coverage until she needed it. SHE DID THAT ON HER OWN. When will people learn it's not the government's responsibility to babysit everyone?

  • Amy Whaley Mar 14, 2014
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    Medicaid apps have always taken 3-4 months to process and sometimes longer. I am surprised that there are so many apps to process.... according to mainstream news our economy is doing good, unemployment is coming down, illegals aren't on the system, everyone is happy with their new insurance.... so why all the applications? I know the Bev approved SNAP system has been anything but "snappy" ... lol, but I also know that there is an increase in the number of apps.

  • stymieindurham Mar 14, 2014

    Sarah Skeen, for example, applied for Medicaid in Wake County five months ago after a routine physical found a lump in one of her breasts.
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    Wait a minute. Doesn't Medicaid have a monthly premimum? (I'm not sure) If it does, why did the person wait until she needed the coverage before applying? I'm missing something here.

  • Tim Kelly Mar 14, 2014
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    Let's see what the real cost to NC will be when it has to raise an orphaned nine year-old because her mother could not get the treatment she needed.

  • 42_wral_mods_suck_i'm_gone Mar 14, 2014

    You can't spell woes without Wos. Thanks for nothing McCrory.

  • Forthe Newssite Mar 14, 2014
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    It has been proven that these folks actually CAN do their jobs in a timely manner, but apparently unless being watched 24/7 they chose NOT TO!!!!

  • rhess2 Mar 14, 2014

    The question to ask is do other states have the same problems with Food Stamp and Medicaid applications and renewals as North Carolina? If not, why is that case? Could it be lack of knowledge or incompetence? Maybe it's just not a priority. Whatever the case North Carolina should be ashamed of itself for not serving those in need properly with the dignity and respect they deserve.

  • doctorgraves71 Mar 14, 2014

    A hard working , taxpaying citizen being kicked to the curb. Thanks NC, you've become something to be proud of..

  • Todd Jenkins Mar 13, 2014
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    When is WOS going to be fired? Come on this would never be allowed in private sector!!!!!FIRE HER NOW!!!

  • CraftyMo Mar 13, 2014

    Just a thought...Duke University Medical Center helped me with their financial/charity assistance. Any bill above and beyond what Medicare will pay DUMC takes care of the balances so I have no medical bills to worry about. Makes it easier to get the good care every patient deserves without the worry of financial burdens. Best of luck to you Ms. Skeen. God bless!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Mar 13, 2014

    Disgusting to treat needy people like this, especially needy people who need IMMEDIATE medical attention, without which, they may die.
    I pray one day the leaders of the people working (or not working) on these applications faces this firsthand so they come to understand the worry and fear they put in these people's hearts with their inaction.
    Praying for anyone in this situation.

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