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MCCRORY CONCEDES GUBERNATORIAL RACE TO COOPER

After weeks of bitterly contesting the results of the gubernatorial election, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the race to Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper on Monday, December 5. McCrory issued a video statement, saying the state needs to unite behind Cooper moving forward.

“Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process, I personally believe that the majority of our citizens have spoken, and we now should do everything we can to support the 75th governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper,” he said in the statement.

Cooper responded by thanking McCrory for his service.

“I’m proud to have received the support from so many who believe that we can come together to make a North Carolina that works for everyone. It will be the honor of my life to serve this great state,” Cooper said in a statement. “While this was a divisive election season, I know still that there is more that unites us than divides us. Together, we can make North Carolina the shining beacon in the South by investing in our schools, supporting working families and building a state that works for everyone.”

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Also: Republican Newton concedes to Democrat Stein in NC attorney general race


NC DISASTER INFO & UPDATES

North Carolina has experienced a period of intense and wide-ranging natural disasters. Wildfires that ravaged the western part of our state have been replaced with drought, while the re-building process following Hurricane Matthew is just beginning in the east. We will continue to provide updates, ways you can help, information on the psychological impact of these events, and other resources. We sincerely thank our members for assisting in these relief efforts!

*NC Emergency Management is now providing weekly updates. Daily updates will be issued as needed.


NC MEDICAID FRAUD PREVENTION COSTLY, YIELDS LITTLE RETURN

Following the Tuesday (11.15) release of the Legislative Internal Oversight Committee’s review of the state’s Medicaid fraud policy, serious questions are being raised about the program.

According to WRAL, “The report noted that North Carolina is spending millions of dollars on claim reviews that are not fraudulent, and attorneys aren’t able to follow up on many that are.”  To illustrate the discrepancy between the program’s cost and money recovered, they pointed to an example from the 2013-14 fiscal year, in which, ” the state paid contractors $3.7 million to hunt out fraudulent claims, but the state was able to recover less than $500,000.”

In addition, feedback from health care providers indicates the current review process requires far too much time and paperwork.  The requirements are so cumbersome some frustrated providers leave the program altogether.

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