Here’s the alert that went out on the wire after the change was made:
MENTALLY ILL-NURSING HOMES
NC officials now say no deadline for mentally ill
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Human Services says she was mistaken when she said the state had missed a deadline for dealing with thousands of people with mental illness who live in adult care homes.
Renee McCoy had said federal Medicaid regulators had given the state until Sept. 1 to develop a plan. Medicaid notified the state earlier this year it was in violation because of how it pays for the care of people with mental illness.
McCoy said Wednesday that there was no deadline. Agency Secretary Lanier Cansler tells The Associated Press the federal government at one point wanted a plan "by September," but that timeframe has been relaxed.
Meanwhile, state officials say the number of facilities whose patients may have to leave has increased.
Here’s the rewrite of the full story:
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