Bill to expand Medicaid in NC surfacing in House committee

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)

House Republican leaders say it’s time to debate Medicaid legislation originally designed to cover hundreds of thousands of low-income adults in North Carolina, even as Senate counterparts remain against expansion.

The House Health Committee scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss an expansion measure, which as initially written would place premium and work requirements upon recipients. Hospitals — not state taxes — would cover North Carolina’s financial share.

Speaker Tim Moore says expansion debate is happening now because many people have been asking about the idea. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants expansion and vetoed the budget bill because Republicans didn’t include it.

Senate leader Phil Berger said Monday he won’t negotiate a compromise budget with Cooper if a veto override fails unless Cooper stops demanding Medicaid expansion be included in talks.

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