NC FAST rollout continues amid myriad of challenges: NASW-NC Member quoted
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
John Eller is a current NASW-NC member.
WRAL (Raleigh, NC)
Excerpt from article:
Meanwhile, Medicaid applications continued to roll in through more traditional means. And like food stamps, demand for Medicaid has seen a massive boom, with a 24 percent increase from 2008 to 2013.
"When we received all of those cases, counties were already stretched for resources," said John Eller, who serves as both director of Catawba County Social Services and president of the North Carolina Association of County Directors of Social Services.
The Medicaid backlog, as of July 30, stands at about 45,000 overdue applications in both NC FAST and the legacy system.
Eller said the reduction of that logjam – 57 percent in about two months as Medicaid applications continued to roll in – is a result of both an improved NC FAST system and better communication between counties and the state.
"I think all of us are having the most candid conversations we've had since the beginning of the project," Eller said. "I feel like we're being heard."
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