DHHS Oversight Grades “Incomplete” After First Hearing

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RALEIGH—The day after lawmakers finally exercised their oversight authority over the hapless Department of Health and Human Services, some questions still remain unanswered, while new questions arise over DHHS’ tinkering with its response to the Medicaid audit.

WHAT WE LEARNED

- Governor McCrory approved salary increases for Ricky Diaz and Matthew McKillip.

- Sec. Aldona Wos says she doesn’t have bodyguards.

- DHHS leadership thinks it is doing a good job.

- DHHS thinks public records requests are a waste of their time.

WHAT WENT UNANSWERED

- Why was Thomas Adams employment cut short after one month and why was he given a $37,000 severance package?

- How do we know we are getting the best applicants for key positions and not political cronies?

- Why did Les Merritt need a $900,000 contract, instead of just hiring a new Mental Health CFO?

WHAT WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR

- What will be DHHS’ response to the explosive report from NC Health News that found DHHS officials editing the department’s response to the State Auditor’s audit of the Medicaid program, effectively changing the perception of the effectiveness of the program. The report undermines the McCrory administration’s key talking point—and scapegoat—that Medicaid is broken.

- What will Wos do to restore public confidence in DHHS? There is probably little she can do, until the Department or Gov. McCrory admit that mistakes have been made.

- Will Wos face lawmakers again?

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