Has the N.C. Medicaid Reform Advisory Group been appointed?

Randall Williams seems to think so. In an op-ed on Medicaid reform in the News and Observer this morning, Dr. Williams who was a member of Governor McCrory’s transition team says:

To decrease costs, the governor has proposed privatizing Medicaid and increasing competition among managed care plans. Currently, a five-person panel – one member selected by the state Senate, one by the House and three by McCrory – is studying the issue. Whatever the panel recommends and the governor and lawmakers decide, health care quality, access and costs are going to be major challenges for North Carolina and our country.

I have written about this Medicaid Reform Advisory group, created by the Budget passed this Summer, which is to provide Medicaid reform options to the General Assembly by March, 2014. At the October 8, 2013 General Assembly hearing looking into the actions of Secretary Wos, this commission had still not been publicly named, at least according to public statements by the Governor’s press office.

Is Dr. Williams correct, that the group has been appointed and is working, yet their identity is unknown to the public, or did he misspeak in the op-ed?

Update, via twitter, WRAL reporter Mark Binker:

No word on the Senate. Update 2: Mark Binker @binker says the Senate Pro-Tems office says that he has not made the appointment yet.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy at Duke University (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute). I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and currently serve as Chair of Duke's University Priorities Committee (UPC). My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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