Gov. McCrory yesterday gave a talk hosted by the Heritage Foundation, and among the topics he addressed was Medicaid expansion. As most of you will recall, North Carolina refused to expand its Medicaid program as offered under the Unaffordable Care Act.
In his remarks yesterday, however, McCrory suggested that North Carolina may be forced to expand its Medicaid program anyway, in order to comply with certain regulations in Obamacare.
Gov. Pat McCrory suggested Monday that new federal regulations could force North Carolina to expand Medicaid eligibility to more low-income people under the Affordable Care Act.
McCrory spoke in Washington at an event held by The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Medicaid spokeswoman program Emma Sandoe said Monday the regulation McCrory was referring to has nothing to do with forcing the state to expand eligibility for the health care program. The rule concerns how hospitals treat certain patients and bill the government for it.
“Even in the last four or five weeks, the administration is sending us new regs on Medicaid, and no one is talking about it,” McCrory said. “We just got a new reg which might, in fact, might force us to do Medicaid expansion whether we want to or not in the upcoming year.”
McCrory spokesman Ryan Tronovitch later clarified that the governor was referring to Section 2202 of the Affordable Care Act, which allows the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to issue regulations expanding the ability of hospitals to presume some patients not already enrolled for federal assistance are likely to qualify for benefits.
For more details on McCrory’s remarks, read here.