Mar 14, 2023
NC Politics in the News
Gov. Roy Cooper prompted loud cheers, whoops and a standing ovation during his state of the state address on Monday evening when he mentioned Medicaid expansion. The governor came to the General Assembly as part of a biannual tradition to provide lawmakers and the people of North Carolina his take on how best to approach the future.
WRAL NEWS: New law will fast-track youth mental health hospital near Durham
Children in North Carolina who are facing serious psychological issues will soon face shorter wait times to get treatment under a bill Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law Friday. The law will allow a state-run hospital in Butner, just outside Durham, to transition from an adult substance abuse center to an adolescent mental health hospital, starting this summer.
SPECTRUM NEWS: Medicaid expansion a 'game changer' for rural health care in N.C.
There is one doctor’s office in Aurora, North Carolina, a rural Beaufort County town of 450 on the Pamlico River. But ECU Health plans to shutter the Vidant Health Family Medicine clinic by the end of March, closing the only doctor’s office for miles in this eastern North Carolina farming community. A new deal to expand Medicaid coverage to another estimated 600,000 people, announced last week by leaders in the General Assembly, will help keep clinics open and get more health care resources to people in rural communities.