Health care advocates push NC governor to expand Medicaid

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In demonstrations across North Carolina, health care advocates are continuing to call on Gov. Pat McCrory to release his plan to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act.

About thirty protesters in front of the old Capitol building Thursday focused on expanding Medicaid to parents working low-income jobs. Other demonstrations pushing to expand healthcare coverage are taking place Thursday in Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Greenville.

Republicans in the General Assembly are adamant that any expansion of the state’s Medicaid rolls must come after an overhaul of the system.

Following a Supreme Court ruling upholding parts of the 2010 health care law, McCrory said he is working with leaders in Washington to get exceptions to the law before expanding Medicaid.

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