Judge puts NC Medicaid litigation on hold for several months

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Litigation between North Carolina lawmakers, federal officials and Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration on his efforts to expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of residents has been put on hold for a couple of months.

A federal judge Friday delayed the proceedings as requested by Republican legislative leaders and federal health regulators now under President Donald Trump’s administration.

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U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan earlier had blocked temporarily Cooper’s agency from filing a Medicaid proposal or President Barack Obama’s administration to consider one. The temporary blockage was set to expire Saturday but it’s no longer needed because Trump’s regulators said it wouldn’t act on any proposal Cooper submits for at least three months.

Friday’s order doesn’t prevent Cooper from filing a proposal, although GOP lawmakers believe he would be violating state law.

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1/27/2017 5:07:42 PM (GMT -5:00)