NC House speaker says Medicaid expansion bill to move again
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican version of a proposal to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional working adults in North Carolina will get another look in the state House now that the chamber has voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s budget veto.
Speaker Tim Moore said Wednesday he anticipates more action on the GOP-written Medicaid measure next week. That’s because he says he’s keeping his earlier promise to consider expansion after a successful override vote, which occurred Wednesday morning when dozens of Democrats were absent from the House floor.
The Republican proposal sets small premium payments and work requirements for participants. Moore acknowledged many Republicans don’t support expansion — it’s been a stumbling block in this summer’s budget stalemate with Cooper. Opposition is particularly acute in the GOP-controlled Senate.