Residents provide Medicaid reform input in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Residents from across the east were able to provide input on the state’s Medicaid reform Wednesday afternoon at the Greenville Convention Center.

Susie Glynn, of Greenville, dropped everything when she heard of the chance to speak.

“I felt like someone needed to hear from the actual people involved, in my case it’s my mother,” said Glynn. “My mother ended up with blood clots because she was not taking her medicine and lost both of her legs and was on a ventilator for some time and was in intensive care for 6 weeks.”

Her mother couldn’t afford the medicine or doctors’ visits.

“She falls through those cracks. Makes a little too much to be able to get the care she needs at home but they’ll pay for the care in a facility,” said Glynn. “She’ll never go home. Could’ve been avoided had she had the resources that she need or someone to help her navigate it.”

There’s a duty, she says, to take care of the elderly.

“Well it’s such an important part, especially as our families get older,” said Glynn. “You know they work their lives putting into our system. We have the system because of them and we’re all here because of them yet as they get older and they need us they drop the ball.”

Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen says it’s important for her department to listen.

“We want to make sure we are moving forward in a way that can strengthen the program that we can innovate and we can really modernize the program,” said Cohen.

For Glynn it’s about lessons learned.

“For us I think that it’s going to take a while. I don’t know that the system can fix our situation but I hope it can keep others from going through what we’ve gone through,” said Glynn.

It is the second of four events the Department of Health and Human services is hosting across the state.

Those who shared their input focused on increasing quality of care, coverage for substance abuse, and mental health.

The state says the success and reform of Medicaid is crucial for the well-being of citizens

Nearly 50 people spoke at the session, with more than 180 in attendance.

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