CDC Director and former Health and Human Services Sec. Mandy Cohen said Friday that rural health care will be “stronger” in North Carolina when Medicaid expansion begins next month.

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Cohen joined other President Joe Biden administration officials who visited Vance and Granville counties on Friday to highlight efforts to address health care access in rural parts of the country.

After years of political battles to expand Medicaid, the state General Assembly voted earlier this year to continue the program, which will lead to more than half a million low-income people getting health coverage.

It will take effect on December 1. On that day, state health officials say about 300,000 people will be covered immediately. State and local agencies are working to identify other people who are qualified to help them apply.

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