RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina legislature has approved final details needed to get a major shift in treating Medicaid patients up and running in the coming months.
The House voted 57-52 on Thursday for legislation already agreed to by the Senate. It provides funds to run the state Medicaid program for the next two years, including the transition to managed-care treatment that's been years in the making and is supposed to begin Nov. 1. The bill also lays out how health care entities providing services under managed care will pay assessments and taxes.
The bill now goes to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. All Democratic legislators voted no, raising the possibility a Cooper veto could be upheld. Cooper and allies want Medicaid expanded to more working people — something this bill doesn't address.