© 2020 WFAE
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Politics

Health Insurance Bill Will Be Law Without Cooper's Signature

Roy Cooper
WFAE

RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper will let a bipartisan health insurance measure become law without his signature.

Cooper, a Democrat, had until midnight Sunday to sign the bill, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

It was pushed through the legislature with help from several of North Carolina's largest trade organizations.

Supporters say Association Health Plans will make coverage more affordable to people like farmers and small business owners.

But Cooper says he has concerns about the legality of these "cheaper plans." He says they could take the state back to a time when "people can be discriminated against for pre-existing conditions."

Cooper vetoed a budget bill earlier in the summer in large part due to health insurance coverage — namely the absence of Medicaid expansion.