- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s assessing whether to expand Medicaid, the health insurance plan for mostly poor children and the disabled.

McCrory told a meeting of corporate CEOs in Raleigh on Thursday that he’s weighing having Washington pick up nearly the full cost versus expanding bureaucracy. McCrory has said for months he’s willing to consider offering Medicaid to more of the working poor after containing costs and improving service delivery to the 1.8 million already covered.

But his comments add to signs that state Republican leaders may reconsider opposition to Medicaid expansion.

State health secretary Aldona Wos said this week she plans to present McCrory soon with expansion options. House speaker and U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis says lawmakers and McCrory should consider Medicaid expansion next year.

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