State lawmakers see Medicaid expansion vote

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina Republicans are suddenly pushing ahead with legislation expanding Medicaid coverage to more working families under a plan that its chief sponsor says adds no costs for state or county taxpayers.

Legislative leaders scheduled a vote in the Republican-run state House Tuesday on legislation expanding the government-backed health coverage after nearly a decade of state GOP opposition. The measure that sponsors said would cover hundreds of thousands of low-income adults passed a committee earlier Tuesday with bipartisan support.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants Medicaid expansion and vetoed the state budget plan because Republicans didn't include it. Senate leader Phil Berger says he won't negotiate with Cooper over the budget unless the governor drops his demand.

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North Carolina Republicans are taking an initial step toward expanding Medicaid coverage to more working families under a plan that its chief sponsor says adds no costs for state or county taxpayers.

Bi-partisan approval of the legislation Tuesday in the House Health Committee is the first step toward expanding the government-backed health coverage after nearly a decade of state GOP opposition. The bill faces a lengthy path in the House and opposition from Senate Republicans.

House Republican sponsors say the Medicaid legislation would cover hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants Medicaid expansion and vetoed the state budget plan because Republicans didn't include it. Senate leader Phil Berger says he won't negotiate with Cooper over the budget unless the governor drops his demand.

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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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7/9/2019 5:18:16 AM (GMT -4:00)