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N.C. Medical Care Advisory Committee to Discuss Medicaid Budget Reductions

For release: Immediate    August 3, 2011
Contact: Brad Deen, 919-855-4840

RALEIGH — An advisory committee on N.C. Medicaid issues will hold its first public forum to discuss Medicaid cuts that were ordered by the legislature this year.

The Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC) will meet Friday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in the McKimmon Center on the N.C. State University campus. The MCAC, as required by federal law, advises the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Division of Medical Assistance (DMA), the state’s Medicaid agency, on policies pertaining to quality of care and access to care for Medicaid recipients.

On the agenda for the Committee’s Aug. 1 meeting are the options for service reductions and rate cuts that DMA may have to enact to meet its budget. The General Assembly recently reduced the N.C. Medicaid budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year by $354 million. The reduction is made up of provider rate reductions, service modifications, targeted reductions, forced or reduced utilization of services and program integrity enhancements.

The legislature placed new responsibilities and authority with the DHHS Secretary to make additional program cuts if necessary to achieve the budget set by the General Assembly. Secretary Cansler wants the process to be open and allow the public’s input and has expanded the MCAC to assist in this effort. The options that DMA and DHHS leadership must consider will be presented to the MCAC.

More information on the Medical Care Advisory Committee is available online.

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