House GOP committee to discuss Medicaid expansion options

RALEIGH — Some members of the N.C. House GOP say it’s time to debate Medicaid legislation that would expand the federal program to more able-bodied adults in North Carolina, even as Senate counterparts remain against expansion.

The House Health Committee scheduled a meeting Tuesday to discuss an expansion measure, which as initially written would require recipients to pay premiums and to work. Hospitals — not state taxes — would cover North Carolina’s financial share.

Speaker Tim Moore says expansion debate is happening now because many people have been asking about the idea. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wants expansion and vetoed the budget bill because Republicans didn’t include it.