Stories tagged: "medicaid expansion"

Rural Western North Carolina. 
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How North Carolina’s Budget Impacts Rural Communities

For rural NC, the budget has a boost in Medicaid expansion, and another round of pain for public education. 

A midnight session of the General Assembly, where the House passed the budget 32 hours after it was made public.
Medicaid Expansion Becomes Reality After Months of Delays

A half-million North Carolinians waited more than a decade for Republicans to stop their blockade of federal aid for more affordable healthcare. 

FILE - North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger, left, speaks alongside House Speaker Tim Moore at a news conference about a Medicaid expansion agreement on March 2, 2023, at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum, File)
I’m Losing My Health Insurance Because Medicaid Expansion Was Delayed

Yeisel Dominguez will lose her healthcare coverage in less than 10 days, due to North Carolina Republicans' delay in expanding Medicaid. In an op-ed, she shares her fears and concerns about going without coverage. 

North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper signs a Medicaid expansion law at the Executive Mansion on Monday, March 27, 2023, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Hannah Schoenbaum)
Budget Stalemate Could Delay Medicaid Expansion Into November

State health officials need at least 30 days to implement Medicaid expansion to cover an additional 600,000 North Carolinians. But first they need lawmakers to pass a budget. 

There are no votes in the North Carolina legislature this week because many Republican lawmakers are attending the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council in Florida. Above, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the meeting in 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
600,000 Await Healthcare as NC Republicans Attend Florida Conference

Without a budget, teachers are waiting on much needed raises and 600,000 low-income North Carolinians are still waiting on Medicaid expansion.

North Carolina state Rep. James Roberson, D-Wake, takes a picture with fellow House Democratic members on the House floor after the chamber gave final approval to a Medicaid expansion agreement in Raleigh, N.C., on Thursday, March 23, 2023. The affirmative vote means the legislation laying out expansion details now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. (AP Photo/ Gary Gary Robertson)
Republican Support for Medicaid Expansion Comes With Strings Attached

GOP leaders in the General Assembly finally budged on expanding healthcare options for 600,000 North Carolinians, but the bill is not without partisan games. 

FILE - North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks at a primary election night event hosted by the North Carolina Democratic Party in Raleigh, N.C., May 17, 2022. A Medicaid expansion deal in North Carolina received final legislative approval Thursday, March 23, 2023, likely ending a decade of debate over whether the closely politically divided state should accept the federal government's coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income adults. Cooper, a longtime expansion advocate, is expected to sign the bill, which would leave 10 states in the U.S. that have not adopted expansion. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown, File)
North Carolina Finally Approves Medicaid Expansion

For more than a decade, Republicans blocked a federally-funded expansion of healthcare to a half-million North Carolinians. On Thursday, they finally budged.