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McCrory: Special session on Medicaid expansion “out of the question” (Audio)

Governor Pat McCrory has rejected the idea of calling a special legislative session to reconsider Medicaid expansion for North Carolina.

The governor released a statement last evening reiterating his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, and promising to put forth his own plan next year:

“We’re listening to North Carolinians, engaging stakeholders, reviewing new federal regulations and analyzing data about the best way to fix our Medicaid program. We’ll be submitting a reform plan in the spring and we will continue to evaluate what is best for the state, the Medicaid program and the healthcare needs of our citizens.”

State Senator Mike Woodard [1] along with other advocates said Monday that it was shortsighted [2] to reject billions in federal Medicaid dollars that would flow to the state over the next three years.

Republican governors in Florida, Texas, and Arizona have all decided to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, benefiting thousands of uninsured citizens in their states.

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