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For state-funded technology,
failure a likely option

WRAL-TV [Raleigh, NC], by Tyler Dukes, Mark Binker

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 12/18/2013 6:37:50 PM

Raleigh, N.C.--Over the last seven years, thousands of children have passed through the exam rooms of Dr. Albertina Smith´s office off Capital Boulevard. [Snip] "For the past seven years, it´s been good for me," Smith said. "In fact, because I had so little capital when I started the practice, it was easy to start because Medicaid is typically very reliable when it comes to payment." When the state flipped the switch on its new Medicaid system in July, it created a big problem for Smith--about 90 percent of her payments just stopped coming. "In my mind, the beginning of July

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Investigative reporting is not dead. From the trusted WRAL-TV station in Raleigh, NC, comes an in-depth investigation of what caused "scathing audits" on two very expensive, long-term state-federal health-care IT projects. It sheds light on what probably happened/is happening to the Obamacare roll-out.

This is not the first time WRAL has fully investigated a story and turned over many rocks.

      


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For state-funded technology,
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WRAL-TV [Raleigh, NC], by Tyler Dukes, Mark Binker    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 12/18/2013 6:37:50 PM     Post Reply
Raleigh, N.C.--Over the last seven years, thousands of children have passed through the exam rooms of Dr. Albertina Smith´s office off Capital Boulevard. [Snip] "For the past seven years, it´s been good for me," Smith said. "In fact, because I had so little capital when I started the practice, it was easy to start because Medicaid is typically very reliable when it comes to payment." When the state flipped the switch on its new Medicaid system in July, it created a big problem for Smith--about 90 percent of her payments just stopped coming. "In my mind, the beginning of July

   

 

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