NC lawmakers to vote on Medicaid reform

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – North Carolinians who receive medicaid could see big changes to the way they get healthcare coverage.

House and Senate lawmakers are expected to vote next week on a plan that would reform the state’s Medicaid system. The plan would give people with Medicaid a choice of networks to provide their coverage.

Sen. Ralph Hise (R) says, “Right now, our Medicaid plan pays for every procedure they have. So if they have three xrays, we pay for three xrays. If they have a doctor visit, we pay for a doctor visit. Now they will see more of a coordination. Hopefully they will see their hospital talking more with their doctor.”

“It’s going to make it a little more difficult for our providers, our smaller providers, to compete and be involved,” said Rep. Larry Hall (D).

The North Carolina Medical Society has openly said it opposes the proposal.

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