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Work cut out for Aldona Wos

Greensboro resident and new Secretary of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos tells WUNC she’s committed to helping fix the state’s group home problem. According to the radio station 1400 people “with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities are no longer eligible for Medicaid reimbursements for personal care services,” and funding allocated by outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue will run out quickly.

Wos tells WUNC:

Everyone- legislator, government, governor, stakeholders, everyone is interested in making sure that everybody has a place to live and isn’t thrown out on the street. So everyone’s on the same page, it’s a matter of resolving it. And the bigger picture resolution is that it has to come from the legislature, they’re working on it, they’re really working on it.

If that’s not enough, the bigger problem Wos faces is fixing the department’s new Medicaid Management Information System, which according to a state audit, is two years behind and $320 million over budget. The new system is scheduled go live July 1 in spite of State Auditor Beth Wood’s claim “there’s just no evidence … that it will work.”

Gov. Pat McCrory yesterday told his Greensboro audience “there’s no backup plan” and if the system doesn’t work, “we’re in a bind.” Quite the understatement.

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Another hit for Herbalife…..

The Biz Journal passes along this Bloomberg report that one of Herbalife’s major distributors has left the company to distribute Verve energy-drink products for Scottsdale, Arizona-based Vemma Nutrition Co.

Anthony Powell, who’s been distributing Herbalife products for 22 years, is also encouraging his 16,000 distributors to join him and is offering incentives to do so.

In case you need to be reminded, both Forsyth County and and the City of Winston-Salem are offering up a total of $3.45 million in incentives in addition to almost $9 million in state grants.

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