March 28, 2023
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Washington, D.C. – North Carolina became the 40th state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. “NCL applauds Governor Roy Cooper, the work of relentless advocates, and those in the state legislature -Republicans and Democrats- who worked to make this week’s legislation possible,” said Robin Strongin, director of NCL’s health policy work. House Bill 76, the Access to Healthcare Options, is expected to provide health coverage to over 600,000 people throughout North Carolina.
“The expansion of Medicaid is a lifeline for those in need, shoring up rural health care, strengthening mental health services, improving access to health care for working families. The other 10 states should follow North Carolina’s lead,” continued Strongin.
Governor Cooper proposed using a portion of the almost $1.8 billion Medicaid expansion signing bonus to create the Improving Health Outcomes for People Everywhere (IHOPE) Fund. Medicaid expansion will take effect upon the signing into law of the FY 2023-25 appropriations act.
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