Monday numbers

Monday numbers

- in Fitzsimon File


1—number of days until the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services holds its first meeting since the scandals broke in the Department of Health and Human Services (N.C. General Assembly)

14—number of days since Medicaid director Carol Steckel announced she was resigning from her position after just eight months on the job to accept a job with a Florida managed care company interested in doing business with the state.(“State Medicaid Director leaving post, Progressive Pulse, September 23, 2013)

37,227.35—amount in dollars received by former Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Thomas L. Adams in additional pay after he left the department (“Wos, Pope approve $37,000 settlement with one-month DHHS employee,” Progressive Pulse, September 20, 2013)

33—number of days that Adams actually worked as Chief of Staff for HHS Secretary Aldona Wos—March 1 to April 2 (“NC DHHS employee got big check after month on job,” Associated Press, September 20, 2013)

51,426—amount in total dollars of salary and severance paid to Adams for his 33 days on the job (Ibid)

228,000—amount in dollars the state has paid HHS adviser Joe Hauck, on leave from Wos’ husband’s company, for a special services contract in 2013 (“Adviser to NC DHHS secretary made $228,000 in eight months,” Raleigh News & Observer, September 5, 2013)

310,000—amount in dollars DHHS is paying former State Auditor Les Merritt in a personal services contract to serve as CFO of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services.  (“A chance for some answers from DHHS,” N.C. Policy Watch, October 3, 2013)

2—number of 24-year-old former campaign workers for Governor Pat McCrory who received pay raises of 37 and 35 percent last spring in their jobs as communications director and chief policy adviser at DHHS (“Hefty raises at DHHS raise question of qualifications,” WRAL-TV,  August 16, 2013)

0—combined number of years of health policy experience and number of health related education degrees on 24-year-old policy director’s resume (“Hefty raises at DHHS raise question of qualifications,” WRAL-TV, August 16, 2013)

280—total number of employees at HHS who received raises after a March 8 memo from Governor McCrory directing agencies to hold the line on salary increases (“Hefty raises at DHHS raise question of qualifications,” WRAL-TV,  August 16, 2013)

97—number of days since NC TRACKS, the new Medicaid billing system administered by DHHS, went online (“Legislators want answers on DHHS problems,” Winston-Salem Journal, October 6, 2013)

600 million—minimum amount in dollars that NC TRACKS is behind in monthly payments to medical providers in North Carolina (Ibid)

2—number of times that bodyguards have blocked reporters from asking DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos questions about pay raises and other problems at the department (“A chance for some answers from DHHS,” N.C. Policy Watch, October 3, 2013)

About the author

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.