Could our state end up taking federal money to pay for Medicaid? That's the question we asked Governor Pat McCrory Wednesday.
The governor arrived in Rocky Mount for the ribbon cutting at the Hospira plant.
While talking about the importance of quality health care, we asked him about what's next for those who need or may qualify for Medicaid.
McCrory says new federal regulations could force North Carolina to expand Medicaid eligibility to more low-income people under the Affordable Care Act, despite being one of 26 Republican-led states to reject doing so.
Wednesday the governor did not commit to saying that's what they'll do. He says, "We're doing total evaluations of what the best processes are right now with the health care coming down from D.C. there's a lot of unknown regulations and everyone is trying to feel out the consequences of public sector standards and also the private sector is trying to figure out in the long term implications are and I'm going to do a thorough pragmatic review."
McCrory says under the current plan, it's a mess and says what's important is to cover those who need it most, children and pregnant women.