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New Medicaid expansion pitch surfaces in N. Carolina House

North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina General Assembly Republicans apparently aren’t through talking this legislative session about a path toward expanding Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of additional low-income adults. A House committee scheduled debate Thursday on a new measure that would direct the state health department to develop a “Medicaid Modernization Plan” that would include covering individuals targeted by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The plan would be turned in by mid-December and couldn’t be implemented without formal legislative votes. The GOP-controlled Senate already passed a health care-access measure in early June that contained expansion and other reforms, but the House isn't interested in that bill.