Tag:Gov. Roy Cooper

  • Trump’s first-day actions make Medicaid expansion less likely

    An executive order by President Donald Trump along with a regulatory freeze announced by his chief of staff place new barriers between Gov. Roy Cooper and his plan to expand Medicaid in North Carolina, experts say. A restraining order issued in federal court is blocking Gov. Roy Cooper’s $6 billion…

  • Can lawmakers, governor find common ground?

    Opening day of the 2017-18 General Assembly was filled with warm greetings, friendly exchanges, and promises of compromise. After a short break, lawmakers have returned to get down to the real work of the session. It’s time to govern. But can lawmakers find common ground? Some areas of common interest…

  • Some in GOP open to limited Medicaid expansion

    Even though Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program unilaterally has been halted in federal court, some GOP lawmakers say they are open to considering a limited enrollment increase. “I sense no appetite in the legislature to expand Medicaid per se,” said state Rep. Craig Horn,…

  • Court order could end Cooper’s Medicaid expansion plan

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s attempt to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act before President Obama leaves office may have run aground as the result of an order issued Saturday night by a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan issued a 14-day restraining order barring federal officials from approving…

  • NCGA leaders suing to block Cooper’s Medicaid expansion

    Just a week after submitting a letter to the federal government to reject Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal to expand North Carolina’s Medicaid program, Republican leaders in the General Assembly announced late Friday they would file a federal lawsuit to block the move. Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, and House…

  • Horn: Audit gives additional reason not to expand Medicaid

    A senior state lawmaker who heads a committee overseeing the state Medicaid program says a newly released audit outlining systemic management mistakes gives an additional reason to oppose Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. State Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, co-chairs a…

  • Senators of both parties back Cabinet confirmations

    Senators from both parties Wednesday cited the state Constitution and precedent in defending a law passed in December reducing the governor’s number of political appointees and requiring confirmation of his Cabinet members. Gov. Roy Cooper added challenges to those provisions to an existing lawsuit he filed against another bill…

  • Officials: Cooper Medicaid plan ‘unprecedented,’ ‘illegal’

    State Rep. Nelson Dollar, R-Wake, is confident President-elect Trump would overturn any unlawful agreement to fast-track the state’s Medicaid program. It would be unprecedented for Sylvia Burwell to work with Cooper to approve the expansion before President Obama leaves office Jan. 20, said Dollar and Lanier Cansler, former secretary of…

  • Storm response shows Cooper can be leader, not lawyer

    Dangerous and deadly Winter Storm Helena has given Gov. Roy Cooper a chance to carry out the duties for which he was elected. Meaning, Cooper can get to the business of leading North Carolina. To promote the state, to ensure resources are available to keep residents safe, to offer a…