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UPDATE 9: 50 a.m., Jan. 26

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that a person who was being tested for the new 2019 coronavirus is not infected with the virus.

Roan Fields-Moffitt likes to explore wooded areas. On a damp and cloudy early afternoon in January, he rustled through leaves, climbed over fallen trees and threw sticks in a stream. His dad, Jacob Fields, and mom, Desiree Moffitt, walked with him and took turns pushing Roan's 16-month-old twin sisters in a stroller.

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Starting today, the North Carolina Medicaid program will pay for medicines to treat hepatitis C for patients no matter how sick they are. In the past, the state wouldn’t pay for the expensive drugs unless the patient had stage two liver damage.  

NC Health Secretary Aldona Wos Resigning

Aug 5, 2015
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North Carolina's highest ranking health official is stepping down. Aldona Wos has led Governor Pat McCrory's health department since 2013. Her tenure included threats from the federal government over food stamp delays but also significant improvements in the state's Medicaid budget.

After a battery of tests on private drinking water wells near coal ash ponds around North Carolina, health officials have cautioned many residents against drinking from those wells. But officials are hesitant to draw a link between contaminants in the wells and the nearby coal ash ponds.


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Doctors across North Carolina will soon have to pay back a chunk of what they earned treating Medicaid patients over the past 14 months. The retroactive pay cut is part of a law passed in 2013 and tweaked last year. As you can imagine, doctors aren't too happy about giving back money the state has already paid them.

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State lawmakers began digging into the details of Governor Pat McCrory’s budget today as did state agencies, lobbyists and, reporters too. McCrory plans to pay for raises for all state employees in part by cutting funds to the UNC system. But his budget includes plenty of other cuts and additions large and small. WFAE’s Lisa Miller joined Mark Rumsey to discuss some of them.


NC Overpaid Medicaid Providers In 2013

Mar 24, 2014

North Carolina paid Medicaid providers about $440,000 more than it should have last year. That's according to a report Friday from the state auditor's office, which found several problems in its annual review of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

About a third of the overpayment consisted of state money, as the federal government covers about two-thirds of Medicaid costs in North Carolina. Dave Richard is deputy secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, and he offered this perspective on the overpayment: 

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A state review of the Union County Department of Human Services has found numerous failures in the agency's operations over the last three years. 

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North Carolina's food stamp delays are unacceptable, but there's no timeline for when they'll stop. That's what North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos told lawmakers Tuesday. A legislative committee also grilled her about her department mailing nearly 50,000 children's insurance cards to the wrong addresses.

The problems in Health and Human Services are affecting the poorest people in North Carolina the most.

CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

North Carolina DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos has had a tough week.  Last Friday, it came out DHHS violated federal privacy laws by sending nearly 50,000 children’s insurance cards out to the wrong addresses.  And then letters from the USDA surfaced telling the state it would hold back food stamp money if the department doesn’t fix problems with the program.  It’s more ammunition for critics of Secretary Wos.

WFAE’s Lisa Miller joins Marshall Terry in the studio now. 

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The McCrory administration’s 24-year-old health department spokesman is headed to Washington, less than a year after his appointment stoked controversy.


Grand Jury Indictment Shows History Of Child Abuse

Dec 10, 2013
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We now know more about the charges of abuse against a Union County couple accused of handcuffing a boy to their front porch with a dead chicken around his neck.

Grand jury indictments released Tuesday elaborate the history of abuse that authorities say the 11-year-old faced under the couple's guardianship.


The Monroe couple charged with child abuse for allegedly handcuffing an 11-year-old boy to their front porch with a dead chicken tied around his neck are not the foster parents of that child, as previously reported. DHHS says the foster care license for Wanda Larson and Dorian Harper expired in 2010.


How Changes To Response Of Medicaid Audit Fit McCrory’s Message

Oct 11, 2013
CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has been under fire this week. On Tuesday, the department's secretary received a day-long grilling in legislative committee hearings. That same day, the website North Carolina Health News reported that the McCrory administration and the department had done some extra spin to make the state's Medicaid program look particularly broken.

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is on the offensive now, hoping to offset mounting criticism with a more positive spin on the department's accomplishments.


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The largest insurance provider in South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and the state's Medicaid program will no longer cover the cost of deliveries for women who choose to give birth early for non-medical reasons.

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The culprit: the petting zoo.

After more than a month of investigation, state health officials say they've determined what may have led to 106 cases of E. Coli infection and one death.  Investigators say that now that the investigation has been completed, the next step is establishing a task force of state and local health officials and managers.