U.S. House ACA Reform May Turn Up Heat On N.C. Medicaid Expansion

U.S. House ACA reform may turn up heat on N.C. Medicaid expansion

WINSTON-SALEM — North Carolina Republican legislative leaders may have more incentive — but likely no new motivation — to expand the state’s Medicaid program as part of the U.S. House proposal for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

The American Health Care Act proposal, as it was introduced Monday, would allow the federal government to continue to fund states’ expansion programs until Jan. 1, 2020.

At that point, enrollment would be frozen into place with no new participants. Studies, such as by the Kaiser Family Foundation, have found that frozen enrollment levels have contributed to significant declines in enrollees over time, either …

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