A press release from Gov. McCrory’s office today announced the state’s intention to ask the federal government for a Medicaid waiver to provide North Carolina the necessary flexibility to pursue its Medicaid reform plans. According to the release:
“The federal government must allow North Carolina to come up with its own solutions,” said Governor McCrory. “We have a unique opportunity in North Carolina to ensure patients and taxpayers achieve the common goal of providing the best possible patient care in a system that is financially sustainable.”
The Senate’s budget will call for the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare a detailed waiver application for review by the General Assembly outlining the Medicaid reform plan. This plan will be in line with the Governor’s vision to provide care for the whole person by uniting physical and behavioral health, increase administrative ease and efficiency for providers, create a predictable and sustainable Medicaid program for taxpayers.
The release also states that House Speaker Tillis and Senate Leader Berger are on board with this decision.