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Editorial: McCrory right to push Medicaid overhaul

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For Immediate Release
Monday, June 9, 2014
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Editorial: McCrory right to push Medicaid overhaul
Rocky Mount Telegram
June 7, 2014
http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/opinion/our-views/mccrory-right-push-medicaid-overhaul-2499391

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Flanked by about 30 doctors in white coats, McCrory beseeched lawmakers to accept the administration's plan that was developed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The budget plan recently passed by the N.C. Senate essentially throws out the governor's Medicaid reform proposal and seeks to cut costs by reducing eligibility, mostly to the elderly, blind and disabled.

The governor's plan would establish "accountable care organizations" in which doctors and hospital networks would share in Medicaid savings and cost overruns. Such a model is expected to generate savings of about 3 percent of the Medicaid budget when fully implemented, administration officials estimate.

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N.C. House Republicans have been more open to McCrory's idea than their Senate counterparts and are now crafting their budget plan. ... In the meantime, McCrory should stand his ground against Senate GOP leaders and continue to push his plan.

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