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Sep 26, 2023

NC Medicaid expansion launches Dec. 1

RALEIGH — Medicaid expansion will launch Dec. 1 in North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Monday after achieving what he’s sought for nearly seven years on the job and what’s possibly his biggest policy win. Government health insurance should be available to another 600,000 low-income adults, with roughly half of them receiving coverage on […]

Sep 25, 2023

Cooper allows budget to become law; Medicaid will expand

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper has announced he would let the state budget bill that’s now reached his desk become law without his signature, opening the way for Medicaid coverage for 600,000 low-income adults, with some receiving the government health insurance soon. The Democratic governor unveiled his decision on the two-year spending plan minutes after […]

Sep 20, 2023

Bill ties NC casinos, Medicaid expansion

RALEIGH — Republican legislative leaders moved forward Tuesday with maneuvers that could by week’s end approve a long-delayed state budget, provide Medicaid to several hundred thousand low-income adults and multiply legal gambling through video gaming machines and new casinos. But by tying gambling’s fate with Medicaid expansion, Republicans could potentially scuttle a landmark healt[...]

Aug 9, 2023

Thomas launches GOP gubernatorial campaign

CARY (AP) — A retired health care executive has entered next year's race for North Carolina governor. Jesse Thomas describes himself as a "no-nonsense Republican" who aims to attract a broad middle ground of voters. He announced his bid last week. Thomas joins an already crowded GOP gubernatorial field that includes Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson. Thomas' resume lists a more than 30-year career in the h[...]

Jul 27, 2023

If budget OK’d, Medicaid expansion could begin Oct. 1

RALEIGH (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper's administration has set October 1 as the date when more of North Carolina's low-income adults can begin enrolling in Medicaid. But the expansion program won't happen then unless elected officials take one last action soon. The Democratic governor signed an expansion law in March, potentially providing health coverage to another 600,000 adults. But that law require[...]

Mar 31, 2023

NC budget provisions take new import with Medicaid expansion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state government budgets usually include policy directives that give any governor heartburn. This year should be no exception, as the budget proposal from House Republicans unveiled this week that would spend almost $30 billion next fiscal year and almost $31 billion the following year contained several items that Democratic […]

Mar 24, 2023

NC approves Medicaid expansion, reversing long opposition

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Medicaid expansion deal in North Carolina received final legislative approval on Thursday, capping a decade of debate over whether the closely politically divided state should accept the federal government’s coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income adults. North Carolina is among states with Republican leaders that are considering expanding Medicaid […[...]

Nov 29, 2022

Landmark settlement issued for Medicaid beneficiaries   

A settlement – subject to court approval – has been reached in Franklin v. Kinsley, formerly known as Hawkins v. Cohen.  The federal class action lawsuit was filed in 2017 by Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and the National Health Law Program on behalf of Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina. In the lawsuit, the Advocacy […]

Oct 3, 2022

Senator: hospitals’ Medicaid proposal not ‘serious’ 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate leader Phil Berger recently called an offer from state hospitals to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of the working poor “not a serious proposal,” saying loosened regulations for medical construction projects didn’t go far enough.  Berger’s dismissal of the proposal from the North Carolina Healthcare Association short-ci[...]

Jan 26, 2022

Challenges to NC Medicaid contracts now over with dismissal

RALEIGH (AP) — The end of appeals by two insurance providers fighting how North Carolina’s health department decided who would run its new Medicaid managed-care initiative means legal challenges over the awarding of the contracts are now over. The Court of Appeals last week agreed to accept the voluntary dismissal request by the two providers […]

May 4, 2018

North Carolina man sentenced for Medicaid fraud

RALEIGH (AP) The former head of a North Carolina health care company has received a prison sentence in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme. A news release from the U.S. Department of Justice said 47-year-old Shephard Spruill was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Spruill was the CEO […]

Apr 30, 2018

North Carolina reaches settlement with dentist over claims

RALEIGH (AP) North Carolina’s attorney general has announced a settlement with a dentist over fraudulent claims sent to the state Medicaid program. Attorney General Josh Stein said April 27 a settlement was reached with Dr. Carlos J. Privette under which he will pay the program $470,000 in restitution. A news release said claims were submitted for […]

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