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McCrory To Offer Plan On Cutting NC Medicaid Costs

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is proposing a plan to hold down the spiraling costs of health care for the elderly and disabled.

McCrory has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday during which he says he’ll bring everyone to the table to create a new health care partnership to reform Medicaid.

The Medicaid program spends about $13 billion in state and federal funds a year to provide health coverage for more than 1.5 million North Carolina residents — most of them poor children, older adults and the disabled.

McCrory last month ordered state government offices to trim costs to help keep the budget balanced because he said the state Medicaid program was expected to spend at least $200 million more than projected.

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