Weekly Wrap: Restocking the cabinet

Posted January 13

— Gov. Roy Cooper continued to nominate people to run state agencies and roll out policy proposals in the process this week.

In naming former deputy Commerce secretary Tony Copeland to head the Department of Commerce, Cooper said he wants Copeland to do an assessment of the operations of the nonprofit created under former Gov. Pat McCrory's administration to handle business recruitment and tourism marketing.

Dr. Many Cohen, chief operating officer of the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, was picked to lead the state Department of Health and Human Services, and Cooper said her involvement with the Affordable Care Act shouldn't be held against her by Republicans. Her background also could help as North Carolina overhauls its Medicaid program.

DHHS also was scolded by the State Auditor's Office for not cracking down on county social services offices for continuing errors in processing Medicaid eligibility. Some counties aren't getting them into the system fast enough, while others are either approving people who shouldn't receive Medicaid or denying people who should.


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