Medicaid expansion a sticking point for North Carolina budget talks

North Carolina Senate Republicans wrote a letter to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper claiming he is holding up the state budget with his "Medicaid-or-nothing ultimatum" for expansion, The News & Observer reports.

The state has been operating without a budget since July 1. Mr. Cooper vetoed a budget on June 28. The House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, are weighing a veto override. The House version of the override includes a Medicaid expansion compromise bill, but the Senate does not have a compromise for Medicaid, according to the report.

In the letter to Mr. Cooper, Senate Republicans said: "We believe that this budget should not be held hostage over your Medicaid-or-nothing ultimatum. We support the conference report provision endorsing a special session dedicated exclusively to health care access issues, including your top priority of Medicaid expansion. We oppose your ultimatum that no 2019-21 budget will become law unless the legislature first passes Medicaid expansion," according to The News & Observer.

Mr. Cooper's office denied using an ultimatum in a statement provided to The News & Observer. "The ball is in the Republicans' court," his office said.

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