Medicaid costs and cures – Raleigh News & Observer

CHAPEL HILL — Gov. Bev Perdue and the General Assembly face the unenviable task of patching up a budget with a $2 billion-plus hole in it. Although all state expenditures are on the block, there has been recent sentiment for targeting the Department of Health and Human Services, which is the second-largest piece of the budget and includes Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for children, low-income parents, older adults and people with disabilities. In recent weeks, several approaches have been floated, such as a line-by-line review or standardizing the rates that the state pays to medical providers.

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