Perdue Deciding the Fate of Medicaid While McCrory Out-Of-Town?
Last week, McCrory attended a Republican Governors Association in Las Vegas, Nevada. While he was gone, Perdue announced that North Carolina would participate in a hybrid federal program for Medicaid expansion. What? When did we decide this? McCrory and the legislature will have the option later to choose either a fully state-run or a federally run exchange. So why did Perdue even announce this? A very interesting tidbit is that the federal government has NOT announced a hybrid system will be allowed. Are we making up our own Medicaid rules now?
McCrory was careful not to criticize Perdue, whom he complimented for her cooperation in the transition. But he said he would have preferred for her to wait for more information before deciding which model to choose to run the health care exchanges.
“I don’t think there is enough information for any governor to make a decision at this point in time,” McCrory said. “There are so many unanswered questions from the administration regarding the implementation, regarding the flexibility, regarding the waivers, regarding the Medicare costs. I think there are 35 questions that need serious clarification from the federal government.’’