House Speaker Thom Tillis is not the only one warming to the idea of Medicaid expansion these days.
State Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos said in an interview with public radio station WUNC that with the state’s Medicaid program more stable, she’s preparing to present an expansion plan to Governor Pat McCrory:
“We’re almost there, so really, truly very soon,” she said. “And with those options, we are hoping that the federal government will be flexible enough with us in order to allow us to be North Carolina-specific.”
Of course any changes made by the state would have to receive federal approval.
It’s estimated state Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act would extend insurance coverage to more than 500,000 uninsured North Carolinians, with the federal government funding 90% of the expansion.
To listen to Frank Stasio’s interview with Secretary Wos and Medicaid director Robin Cummings, click here.