State Medicaid cuts won’t be easy, DHHS chief says

August 4th, 2011 by Jessica Herrmann

DHHS secretary on state Medicaid cuts

From WRAL.com, 8.4.11

Raleigh, N.C. — One month into the new fiscal year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is still unsure what deep cuts will be like for Medicaid programs and services for adults.

This year’s legislative mandate is to cut approximately $356 million in state Medicaid funding, and for the first time, lawmakers have added a provision to the budget that essentially directs state agencies to make any changes to their spending plans that are necessary to operate within their budget.

Health and Human Services Secretary Lanier Cansler said Thursday that with proposed changes to Medicaid service or program, the federal government requires a 60-day public notice. Then, the federal government has 90 days to approve the changes or questions them. If it has questions, there is another 90-day period.

That could potentially mean that any changes to the DHHS Medicaid budget wouldn’t be in place until April, or longer.

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