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NC Medicaid overhaul plan easily clears House

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The full House has given bipartisan support to a plan directing North Carolina's Medicaid program to shift away from the traditional fee-for-service model to one supporters say will contain costs and improve health outcomes.

The chamber voted unanimously Wednesday to tell the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a method by which medical providers get a set amount of money for each patient they treat. Hospital and doctor networks would form that focus on keeping medical expenses in check.

The effort adjusts somewhat a proposal by Gov. Pat McCrory's administration. The governor still praised it as a way to bring cost certainty to Medicaid.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Republicans have said any plan must remove the state Medicaid office from DHHS.

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