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Medicaid expansion bill glides through committees in the state House of Representatives

By Rose Hoban Often legislative committee hearings are sleepy affairs, attended by lawmakers, lobbyists and the occasional person interested in the intricacies of government. That was not the case Tuesday on the sixth floor of the legislative office building. The size and excitement of the crowd looked more like someone had a small stash of […]

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Another NC legislative session finally comes to a close with Medicaid expansion unrealized

By Anne Blythe North Carolina lawmakers were back in Raleigh on Tuesday for Senate and House sessions in which Republican leaders of each chamber used different strategies for conducting the day’s business. Phil Berger, the Republican from Eden who leads the state Senate, used a quick gavel for a so-called “skeletal session,” with the bare […]

Posted inState Health Policy

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

By Rose Hoban and Rachel Crumpler It finally happened. In a move that many health care advocates have been pushing for years, the state Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to some half million-plus low-income North Carolinians. Until this point, Medicaid has been reserved mostly for children from […]