|By Lynn Bonner, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)|
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"As we know, across the state, people are hurting," McCrory said. "We want to make sure that the money that's supposed to help people is going to them, not to the administrative cost."
In the last three years, the state has overspent its
Administrative spending is 38 percent higher compared to the average of nine states with
In one example of bad budgeting, the state
Owen was in budget meetings Thursday and not available for comment. Wood said in an interview that she did not know who was at fault for the failure to obey the law or heed the budget office directive.
The state and federal governments share the cost of
The Federal health law
The audit results come as the legislature is in the midst of distancing the state from some of the main provisions of the federal health care law. The state is on track to prohibit the state program from adding more recipients, as the law allows. About 500,000 more people would be eligible for
McCrory said he will use the audit results as he writes his budget, but he did not say how. He left open the possibility that he would support expanding
Using the audit findings as a reason not to expand
The legislature made unrealistic budget demands, Linker said. "If you can't meet them, it's not necessarily their fault."
An economic analysis by
Billing system overruns
Wood's office has released a series of audits critical of DHHS and
Community Care has been praised for years for improving patient health while controlling costs, but the audit released Thursday started to poke holes in that narrative.
"Recent budget actions by the
"Any appearance that we're on track is a bit illusory," he said.
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