NC, federal officials ask judge to lift order preventing governor from expanding Medicaid

North Carolina and federal officials are looking to lift a court order blocking Gov. Roy Cooper's (D) Medicaid expansion plan, reports The News & Observer.

The attempts to lift the block come two days after U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan issued a restraining order halting the governor from attempting to expand North Carolina's Medicaid program for at least the next two weeks, according to the report.

Last week, government officials said they will promptly address Gov. Cooper's proposed Medicaid expansion plan.   

Gov. Cooper officially initiated efforts to expand the state's Medicaid program under the ACA by sending a letter to federal regulators at the beginning of January, shortly after he was sworn in as governor. However, the state's GOP-dominated legislature asked CMS to reject Gov. Cooper's request. In 2013, the state government approved legislation barring the executive branch from expanding Medicaid.  

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