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Aug 20, 2012

NC Politics in the News - August 20, 2012

It was just the sort of live action that Harrah’s officials and their partners, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee, have been waiting to see since the casino opened 15 years ago.
 
Lawmakers say state health officials may be tampering with audits ordered as part of the state budget by calling for a separate review of the state's Medicaid spending.
 
Lawmakers cut $4.3 million more than they intended from the state's mental health safety net program this summer, officials with the Department of Health and Human Services told the legislature Tuesday.
 
Problems with one of the first local mental health agencies to adopt a new method of doing business has rattled lawmakers, who say similar problems elsewhere could be too costly for the state to afford.
 
While other Southern states already have drawn the line on the federal health care overhaul, North Carolina doesn't seem quite settled on whether to commit to insuring hundreds of thousands more people starting in 2014.
 
The head of North Carolina's Medicaid's office says he's confident contracts with outside companies to help detect fraud and abuse will reap significant savings in the long run. But NC Auditor Beth Wood says the flawed contracts illustrate the need for more oversight.
 
The State Health Plan expects to save $22.4 million a year after awarding new contracts to administer the plan, which is currently handled solely by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, to three different providers.
 
State Rep. Larry Brown, a former small-town mayor who focused on local government issues while a legislator, died Thursday in Moore County at age 69, a funeral home said.
 
Republican Pat McCrory and Democrat Walter Dalton have agreed to a third televised debate this fall in their race for North Carolina governor.
 
Democrat Walter Dalton said his first budget proposal if elected will not include a sales tax increase to better fund education, an apparent shift on a key issue in the governor’s race.
 
 
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