NC legislative subcommittee on Medicaid overhaul meeting for 1st time, adding to reform talk

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Legislators who couldn't agree this year on how to overhaul North Carolina's Medicaid program plan to spend more time talking about the issue before the General Assembly reconvenes early next year.

A legislative oversight panel subcommittee charged with examining Medicaid reform and reorganization scheduled its first meeting Wednesday.

Another oversight panel also examining Medicaid governance held its first meeting this month.

The House and Senate approved differing versions of legislation to change how Medicaid pays for medical expenses by shifting risk from the state to either medical provider networks or private managed-care companies.

Senate Republicans also want to create a new department solely for Medicaid, removing it from the Department of Health and Human Services. Gov. Pat McCrory's administration wants Medicaid reform but opposes taking Medicaid out of DHHS.

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