In-home services go over budget –

RALEIGH — In the midst of a fiscal crisis, North Carolina has overshot its budget for in-home help to poor and disabled people by as much as $10 million a month, even though as many as 40 percent of recipients may not qualify.

The state-run Medicaid program known as personal care services has spent the $185 million budgeted to last until June, and more. Medicaid officials told a legislative study commission Thursday that the program continues to pay companies to provide generous hours of service to many among its nearly 40,000 clients, regardless of their level of need.

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