House unveils proposal for modernizing medicaid

The NC House unveiled a new proposal for medicaid modernization Wednesday.

The House plan calls for doctor-controlled entities to manage the medicaid system while the Senate has called for more of a commercial-managed care approach.

“The HMOs, insurance companies, they charge a premium, somewhere around 15 percent,” said Rep Nelson Dollar, a Wake County Republican. “We don’t believe that we need to be spending that money on administration. We need to be spending that money on direct services.”

Medicaid helps provide healthcare for lower-income people and families.

“We are directing a one or the other approach to medicaid reform,” Rep. Marilyn Avila, a Wake County Republican said. “I’m old enough to have learned that old sayings have a lot of truth in them and one of them is you don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

Both the House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on medicaid reform last session.

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