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NC lawmaker blames Medicaid for poor communication

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The North Carolina agency running Medicaid says it should have informed legislators and done a better financial review before accepting a temporary delay from the federal government on recalculating patient eligibility.
    
The Division of Medical Assistance agreed several months ago to a three-month delay on new income standards to determine whether some current Medicaid consumers could keep coverage. Acting director Sandra Terrell told lawmakers Tuesday the change was designed to reduce local case worker complications as the federal health care overhaul came online.
    
The delay could cost the state $2.8 million more in Medicaid expenses.
    
Rep. Marilyn Avila was unhappy with the news. She says the agency knew about the extension option before the budget got passed. She called it poor communication that reflects badly on state government.

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