North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Open to Expanding Medicaid

Gov. Pat McCrory (R) has said he's open to expanding the state's Medicaid program if federal officials allow North Carolina to create a customized expansion proposal, according to a report from The Washington Post.

In an interview with NPR affiliate WFAE, Gov. McCrory indicated he's "leaving the door open" to Medicaid expansion, although he said the state's current Medicaid program is "broken" and must be repaired first, according to the report.

Other Republican-run states — such as Ohio, Iowa and Indiana — have taken alternate Medicaid expansion paths through waivers approved by HHS. However, the conservative North Carolina state legislature seems unlikely to approve any measures authorizing Medicaid expansion. State lawmakers passed legislation last year to stop the state from expanding the program under the PPACA, according to the report.

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