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Cooper Heads To Court To Lift Restraining Order Blocking Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:26
Governor Roy Cooper and federal Health and Human Services officials have asked a U. S. District Court judge to lift a restraining order that temporarily blocks Medicaid expansion in North Carolina. 
 
North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore won the two-week restraining order Saturday after Cooper petitioned the federal government to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a move the Republican leaders say is illegal. In 2013, the General Assembly passed a law that requires legislative approval to expand Medicaid. Cooper counters that law impinges on the authority of the Executive Branch. Federal HHS officials agree arguing Cooper has the authority to expand Medicaid as the state as chief administrator of the program. 
 
Cooper maintains that Berger and Moore overstate the problems of Medicaid expansion and that their arguments "has led this Court to use equitable powers that have no sound foundation here.” 
 
Berger wrote on Facebook Monday that Cooper was trying to expand Medicaid before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office on Friday. Trumo has pledged to quickly sign legislation that would repeal the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare.   
 
“There’s no question if this was an honest or legal attempt to expand Obamacare, they would have no problem waiting four more days until President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office,” Berger wrote.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:46
 
Berger And Moore File Federal Complaint To Stop Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 January 2017 05:58
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) intend to file a federal complaint Friday to stop Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Berger and Moore maintain Cooper does not have the authority to unilaterally expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act without legislative approval.
 
The Republican leaders issued the following statement: 
 
“Unlike others, this is the first time we will be plaintiffs in a lawsuit, and it is not a decision we’ve made lightly – but unfortunately our multiple attempts to amicably convince Gov. Cooper to follow the law have fallen on deaf ears. Cooper’s brazen decision to press on with his unconstitutional Obamacare expansion scheme and ignore the General Assembly’s constitutional role to make laws requires swift legal action.
 
“Today has raised even more serious questions about how closely Gov. Cooper and the Obama administration have coordinated to force an unconstitutional Obamacare expansion in the last few days of the president’s administration, with the governor offering a cabinet post to a senior Obama administration official leading the very organization tasked with reviewing his proposal.”
 
 Berger and Moore have also asked Congress and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to disapprove Governor Cooper's Medicaid expansion request.
 
Republican Congressmen Ask Feds To Deny North Carolina Medicaid Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:52
Nine Republican Congress members are asking the federal government to reject a request by Democratic Governor Roy Cooper to expand Medicaid eligibility in North Carolina under the Affordable Care Act. Cooper amended a Medicaid reform waiver filed on June 1 by former Governor Pat McCrory
 
The only House Republican not to sign the letter obtained by the Winston Salem Journal was Rep. Walter Jones. 
 
The congressional letter was sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 
 
“Regardless of the legality of Gov. Cooper’s proposal, approving this request in the final days of President Obama’s administration, when President-elect (Donald) Trump won overwhelmingly on a platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare, would be a slap in the face to North Carolina voters,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger (9th).
 
Medicaid covers nearly 2 million North Carolina citizens at the cost of $14 billion annually. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:54
 
Governor Cooper Tells Feds He Wants To Expand Medicaid PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:40
Governor Roy Cooper is seeking federal approval that would allow the state to cover more uninsured North Carolinians through Medicaid.
 
Cooper, who has called for broader health care coverage by expanding Medicaid, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Washington. If CMS approves a change, if local matching money can be secured, and if state eligibility requirements are changed, then more than a half-million North Carolinians could receive health care beginning in January 2018.
 
“This is North Carolina common sense,” Cooper said. “We can receive between $3 billion and $4 billion to pay for care that hospitals and other providers now give away. That will create jobs, bolster our hospitals, could save some rural hospitals and work toward more stable private insurance premiums.”
 
The NC Hospital Association says the state’s hospitals provide about $1 billion in care annually to residents who cannot pay for it. Hospitals would receive a significant share of additional Medicaid dollars that would come back to the state under Cooper’s plan. Cooper believes the contributions can be paid through a combination of savings in existing state expenditures due to the new federal funding and a local matching contribution. Hospitals would contribute a 5% local match that CMS requires. Depending on how many additional residents enroll in the expanded program, the hospitals’ contribution could be between $100 million and $150 million in the first year.
 
The Cooper Administration says that a 2013 state law that prohibits the governor from seeking to provide health care for low-income North Carolinians does not apply to this draft plan.
 
“Right now, North Carolina tax dollars are going to Washington, where they are being redistributed to states that have expanded Medicaid,” Cooper said. To date, 31 states and Washington DC have expanded coverage through Medicaid; in 2016 these states received more than $70 billion in federal funds. “Why should North Carolinians pay for Medicaid expansion in states like New Jersey, Ohio and Indiana when we don’t even expand it to our own people?”
 
The state will accept comments for 10 days on North Carolina’s notice of intent to amend its Medicaid plan. The Cooper Administration then will file a State Plan Amendment with CMS.
 
Links to the documents filed today are available on the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website under Alternative Benefit State Plan Amendments (Medicaid expansion).
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 January 2017 08:42
 
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