The day before reporter Sarah Ovaska at N.C. Policy Watch broke the news that two 24-year-old former campaign staffers for Gov. Pat McCrory working at the Department of Health and Human Services received huge pay raises last spring, the Wilmington Star-News reported on the controversial efforts by the McCrory administration to turn the state’s Medicaid program over to for-profit managed care companies.
The story quoted a local doctor saying he was worried that patients would suffer under the new model that he had seen fail in other states. There were comments from folks at Community Care of North Carolina, the state’s successful homegrown nonprofit managed care network that has won awards for both saving money and providing patient-centered care.
The same day in April that McCrory announced his intentions to privatize Medicaid, Republican Sen. Richard Burr presented an award to CCNC for the high quality of care it provides to patients in rural areas.
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