NC lawmakers to address Medicaid reform in new bill next week, officials say

Photo from NC Division of Medical Assistance

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — House lawmakers confirmed Thursday night a plan to reform North Carolina’s Medicaid system will be addressed by the General Assembly next week.

The Senate and the House have spent months debating Medicaid reform, both during this year’s session and last year’s session.  But both sides were unable to come to an agreement on how to reform the system.

Now, Rep. Donny Lambeth (R – Forsyth) confirms there will be a bill introduced next week that reforms the system, compromising between the positions of both chambers.

Lambeth told WNCN the bill would include three insurers to run Medicaid managed care organizations on a statewide level.  MCO’s have been more consistent with the Senate’s position.  Lambeth also said there would be 10 provider-led groups that would work help enroll patients on more regional levels.  The House, along with many medical groups, have supported provider-led groups.

The bill could be voted on as early as Tuesday.

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