An outside consultant says the leadership structure of North Carolina's state employee health insurance plan doesn't succeed at managing a program covering more than 600,000 people.
The report presented Thursday to a legislative blue ribbon panel recommends the State Health Plan become an independent agency that reports to the governor's office and has a stronger governing board.
Navigant Consulting was hired by the health plan to perform the audit, which found another General Assembly oversight committee didn't have the resources to govern the plan effectively. It also concluded the plan's current trustee board doesn't have any decision-making authority over the plan.
Any changes would have to be approved by the Legislature.
The plan covers state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents.