North Carolina lawmakers have approved a measure that blocks the state from expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul. While supporters of the bill say it’s prudent to avoid an as-yet undefined obligation, opponents – which include hospitals in the state -- now worry that paying for care for the indigent gets more complicated.
States across the country are making decisions on three options under the Affordable Care Act – popularly known as Obamacare.
One aspect of the federal Affordable Health Care Act aims to expand state’s Medicaid coverage. Last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and some members of the General Assembly advanced legislation to decline Medicaid expansion. But a recent study commissioned by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows expanding Medicaid would have positive impacts on the state’s economy. WHQR’s Sara Wood recently talked to Scott Nystrom, an associate economist with Regional Economic Health Models, who prepared the study.