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Medicaid Expansion For North Carolina Revived In House

The North Carolina legislative building is seen in Raleigh.

RALEIGH — A Republican framework for Medicaid expansion in North Carolina is advancing again with bipartisan support in the state House. But it's unclear whether that will change feelings about the concept in the GOP-controlled Senate.

The House Health Committee voted on Wednesday for an expansion measure similar to the bill the panel heard and approved in July but then was idled during the state budget impasse. Speaker Tim Moore said last week that his chamber would consider it again.

Committee Democrats supported the plan even though many oppose GOP demands that it direct low-income adults who would qualify to pay small premiums and meet work requirements.

The bill could come to the House floor in early October. Senate Republicans have said there aren't the votes in their chamber to approve expansion.