In this Health Care Half Hour, NCHN Editor-in-Chief Rose Hoban talks with Casey Cooper, the CEO of Cherokee Indian Hospital; Chris Cooper a professor of Political Science at WCU; and NC State Senator Kevin Corbin (R-Franklin).

They discuss the long road of education and advocacy that lead the NC Senate to pass Medicaid expansion and and what it may take to get the NC House there.

For more on this subject, you can find previous reporting here:

Will NC Medicaid expansion ride tailwinds or lean into new headwinds?

Lots of buzz about NC Senate Republicans and their Medicaid expansion bill

NC public health workers draw road map for years ahead

Should advanced practice nurses in NC have more independence from physicians?

Clarification: Casey Cooper was initially trained as a registered nurse, but he tells us he hasn’t practiced nursing in more than 20 years.

Health Care Half Hour is a monthly conversation between one of our reporters and health care experts, held on the third Thursday of every month. Previous sessions include a conversation on the use and overuse of involuntary commitment in North Carolina, a talk with infectious disease specialist Dr. David Wohl on the Delta variant and an examination of how hog farming in eastern NC has affected communities of color.

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