Raleigh, N.C. — Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos and Carol Steckel, director of the state Medicaid program, plan to head across North Carolina in the coming weeks to hear people's concerns about the program and suggestions for change.
Wos and Gov. Pat McCrory last week unveiled plans to privatize much of the program, creating a handful of entities that would handle physical, mental and addiction help for the low-income and disabled people who use the health care system.
Officials haven't yet mapped out how they will get from the current system to the new one, so Wos and Steckel are trying to gather some ideas. They have established office hours for people to meet with them and have set up a website to answer questions about the Medicaid changes.
"We're traveling the state to meet with different stakeholders to answer all their questions and engage them, and this process is going to unfold for the next few months," Wos said.