- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Budget analysts for the General Assembly and North Carolina’s health agency say they still can’t project whether Medicaid will operate in the red again this fiscal year.

They told a legislative oversight committee Tuesday they’re still waiting for more enrollment and claims data before making a prediction.

The claims numbers are supposed to come from a new Medicaid computer billing system. The chief information officer in the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday those will be ready by the end of February.

DHHS Chief Financial Officer Rod Davis says Medicaid so far is basically on budget, but there are several risk factors for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. The state is slated to spend $3.5 billion on Medicaid this year.