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House votes to close Medicaid shortfall, bill goes to Senate

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The state House Thursday passed a bill giving the Medicaid agency access to new funding The state House Thursday passed a bill giving the Medicaid agency access to new funding

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina legislators are prepared to give the state Medicaid agency access to another $400 million through next month to close a shortfall and repay drug rebates to the federal government.

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to permit budget director Art Pope to use unspent funds, cost savings and surplus tax collections to cover a projected $283 million shortfall in Medicaid spending this fiscal year. Rep. Nelson Dollar says there's also $118 million to pay off a rebate liability budget-writers shifted previously as a cost-saving measure.

Gov. Pat McCrory's administration announced recently the Medicaid shortfall had more than doubled due to a forecasting error.

Thursday's debate turned into a partisan discussion of who was to blame for repeated shortfalls. The bill now goes to the Senate.

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