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NC advocates for poor demand Medicaid expansion

RALEIGH (AP) — Advocates for expanding Medicaid to more of North Carolina’s poor and uninsured residents are trying to keep up the pressure for Republican lawmakers to reverse course.

Pastors, physicians and Democratic state legislators on Wednesday accused GOP lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory of failing to live up to the Christian value of caring for the sick.

Republican legislators have refused to expand Medicaid coverage to more people despite Washington paying between 90 percent and all of the added cost. Senate leader Phil Berger and likely House speaker Rep. Tim Moore have said they are very skeptical about expanding the program after years of unexpected cost increases.

McCrory says he’ll talk to lawmakers about possible options.

The state and federal program covers 1.8 million North Carolinians and costs nearly $14 billion.

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