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State Employees Association slams McCrory Medicaid plan

The State Employees Association of North Carolina highlighted high-profile problems with Medicaid managed care in other states as it voiced its objection to Gov. Pat McCrory's proposal.

McCrory on Wednesday announced a plan that would open the state's Medicaid business to management by for-profit companies. Each of the state's 1.5 million Medicaid recipients would sign up for coverage with one of three or more companies. The companies would receive a set amount of money per person, and would be liable for overspending

In its objection, SEANC noted problems with Medicaid managed care in Kentucky, Texas, and New Jersey.

In Kentucky, providers complain of late payments and one managed care company has pulled out of the state.

"McCrory stated the move would control costs, provide a better quality of care and increase efficiency," says the email signed by SEANC executive director Dana Cope.

"SEANC shares with the governor these goals for Medicaid, but we differ with the underlying premise that privatization is the key to fixing the Medicaid budget, providing better care or efficiencies."

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