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Federal judge temporarily blocks governor’s Medicaid expansion efforts

A federal judge over the weekend granted North Carolina legislative leaders’ request to block Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to expand Medicaid.

Plaintiffs, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, filed the motion for a temporary restraining order Saturday. U.S. District Court Judge Louise Wood Flanagan issued the order granting their motion the same day.

It was announced late Friday that Moore and Berger filed a 20-page lawsuit to prevent Cooper from expanding Medicaid, as he announced earlier this month.

Moore and Berger claim expanding Medicaid violates the U.S. Constitution. More states have adopted Medicaid expansion than not at 32, including the District of Columbia.

The restraining order lasts two weeks. A hearing in the case has not yet been set.

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