It has been a busy week in Raleigh and the North Carolina Medical Society has been hard at work!  House Speaker Tim Moore introduced a new standalone proposal that NCMS strongly supports.  CEO Chip Baggett has been meeting with lawmakers all week and continues to press for this important legislation to be passed as soon as possible.  He was joined this week by several NCMS members to help sway House and Senate members.

NCMS is working to encourage a path forward for Medicaid expansion, but the proposal remains in the Senate Rules Committee.

Leaders of the House and Senate say they have reached a deal on the state budget. It does NOT contain provisions to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income residents through the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  The issue remains on the table in the final days of this year’s session.

The House passed legislation Tuesday evening that would direct Governor Roy Cooper’s administration to develop an expansion plan by mid-December – after which legislators would take an up or down vote on all or parts of it.