North Carolina's effort to replace its Medicaid claims system is now two years behind schedule and more than $200 million — or 74 percent — over the original budget.
The new Medicaid system, the biggest single state contract, was originally scheduled to start in August for a cost of $287 million, reports The N&O's Joe Neff.
Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say that the contractor, Computer Services Corp., or CSC, will bring the system online by July 2013 for $495 million. During that two-year delay, the state will also pay about $110 million for Medicaid claims processing to EDS, the company that has been processing Medicaid claims for 35 years.
So who at the state is in charge of this debacle? Why it's CSC's former lobbyist, DHHS Secretary Lanier Cansler.
Read the full story from Saturday's N&O here.