Medicaid expansion will finally become available to 600,000 working North Carolinians on Friday, December 1, 2023.

The move comes after the North Carolina House and Senate completed votes on the conference report Friday and sent the state budget to Governor Roy Cooper.  The new budget contains funding authorization for Medicaid Expansion as well as a number of other priorities for the North Carolina Medical Society.  Cooper can sign the law, veto it, or allow it to become law in 10 days without his signature.  Cooper has chosen to let the budget become law without his signature because of elements not related to Medicaid expansion.

NCMS CEO Chip Baggett says of the monumental announcement, “This marks the completion of thirteen years of work by NCMS and countless other groups to secure access to medical coverage for 600,000 working North Carolinians.  That alone makes it worth every bit of blood, sweat, and tears that went into this legislative effort.  I am very proud of the efforts that NCMS, and countless other groups have made toward realizing this dream!”

NCMS Board of Directors President, Dr. Arthur Apolinario recorded this message:


The North Carolina Medical Society has been actively involved in securing Medicaid expansion for over a decade.  Here are some key articles:

March 2017

February 2019

November 2021

September 2022

March 2023