CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he'd be willing to consider expanding Medicaid in North Carolina through the federal health care overhaul law once the state's system is repaired after years of cost overruns.
McCrory told WFAE-FM in Charlotte on Monday he's "not closed the door" on offering Medicaid to more of the working poor, as the federal law gives the option to states. The governor signed a law last year preventing the expansion.
Now he wants the legislature this year to give his administration the ability to develop a new way to pay for Medicaid services.
McCrory says he would need federal regulators to give the state flexibility to target any Medicaid expansion based on North Carolina's needs and provide more certainty about what Medicaid expansion will cost the state.