North Carolina May See Last Medicaid Expansion in Some Time

January 12, 2023

The US state of North Carolina will soon vote on whether to expand Medicaid coverage within the state, thereby potentially leaving the ranks of states that have not expanded Medicaid to 10. Republican opposition to the expansion has shifted in the state legislature, with some top former opponents flipping sides.

According to Michael Ollove, “In November, South Dakota became the 39th state to approve expansion under the ACA, but it did so by a citizen-initiated ballot measure over the opposition of the state’s GOP governor and legislative leaders. Six other states also have expanded Medicaid that way. But among the holdouts, only Florida allows that option, and the pathway is so arduous there that proponents recently postponed their campaign for two years.”

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(Source: NC Health News, January 11th, 2023)

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