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NC's congressional Democrats support Medicaid expansion

Posted January 10

— The Democratic members of North Carolina's congressional delegation have sent a letter to a federal agency expressing their support for a proposal to expand Medicaid in North Carolina.

The letter was sent on Tuesday to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by Reps. David Price, G. K. Butterfield and Alma Adams.

Their letter comes about a week after new Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he would take action toward expanding Medicaid to more people in North Carolina under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

A 2013 state law backed by Republicans says North Carolina won't expand Medicaid under the federal law and bars attempts unless the General Assembly says otherwise. Cooper told reporters that state law invades the governor's "core executive authority."

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