A legislative committee will soon begin looking into problems with the state’s computer programs that allow Medicaid providers to be paid and provide food stamps for the needy.
Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger said Wednesday that a committee will take up the issues. He said that he has heard from medical practices and hospitals that they have had trouble getting their claims processed.
“It’s something we’re working through,” Berger told reporters after the Senate’s veto session.
The issue came up at the conclusion of the Senate session, when Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt, a Democrat from Asheville, brought up the controversy over a pair of high-paid DHHS employees, and complaints about the state’s NC FAST and NC TRACKS food stamps and Medicaid reimbursement computer systems.
Nesbitt read from an analysis indicating that there have been $1.7 million in raises at the health and human services agency.
Nesbitt said the raises “apparently are not going to the right people” because of the problems with the computer programs – “They’re not fast and they’re not on track,” he added.
Berger said, “Many of us agree, and will tell you these problems are not of our making.” Berger said problems go back to prior administration.
Afterward, Berger told reporters the interim committee will look at the computer issues but not the questions about excessive raises.
“The executive branch does have wide authority and discretion to make determinations about hiring and pay levels, and those kinds of things,” he said. “I’m just not sure that it’s something that rises to the level of the legislature getting deeply involved in the day to day workings.”