NC speaker: Medicaid extension not in latest budget offer
RALEIGH, North Carolina
Latest budget offer North Carolina Republicans sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper would not broaden Medicaid widely as Cooper wants, but it softens a previous proposal on workers’ pay increases, a top GOP lawmaker said .
House Speaker Tim Moore gave few further details on Wednesday about the offer Senate Leader Phil Berger and Moore’s offices made to Cooper the day before – citing confidentiality so negotiations can remain frank .
The legislative and executive branches are trying to come up with a two-year government budget that Cooper would be prepared to sign. The alternative would be for lawmakers to approve their own final spending plan and try to override what would likely be a Cooper’s veto.
Negotiations began in earnest three weeks ago with the first offer.
“We’re getting to the point of having a compromise with the governor or just proceeding with the legislative budget,” Moore told reporters.
Cooper is a long-time advocate of extending Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults through the 2010 Federal Health Care Act, but Republicans in the Legislative Building remain divided on the idea. Moore said last week he saw no support within the House Republican caucus for such an expansion.