Healthcare DIVE March 27, 2023
- North Carolina became the 40th state to expand Medicaid on Monday, after Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, signed legislation that the state voted to pass last week. The signing ended a fight over the healthcare coverage that waged for more than a decade.
- Republican legislators in the state came to an agreement in early March to expand the safety-net program to roughly 600,000 additional people. Currently, the state has about 2.9 million people in Medicaid, according to the state’s health department.
- There is no set date for the expansion to go into effect, but it can’t be implemented until a state budget is approved, which usually happens early in the summer, according to the Associated Press.