- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The agency running Medicaid in North Carolina is sticking to its previous shortfall projection as unpaid claims and application backlogs remain.

The Department of Health and Human Services told a legislative committee Thursday it still anticipates state Medicaid expenses that are from $120 million to $140 million more than expected revenues by the end of June.

That range was presented to lawmakers three weeks ago and is less than previous shortfalls.

A presentation says half the gap is related to delays in health care providers getting paid for treating patients and for enrollment increases. More than 70,000 people have signed up for Medicaid through the federal insurance marketplace web site.

The shortfall is important as legislators and Gov. Pat McCrory decide on money for pay raises and other demands.

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