- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Nearly all of North Carolina’s Republican congressional delegation has asked Medicaid’s chief regulator that he ultimately reject Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s request to expand the health care program through the federal health care overhaul that President Barack Obama championed.

Nine GOP members signed a letter Monday making points similar to what Republican General Assembly leaders made late last week to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in asking that it deny Cooper’s request. They say state laws and the North Carolina Constitution prevent Cooper from requesting Medicaid expansion - which requires state spending - without the consent of the legislature.

Cooper’s office says a 2013 state law specifically addressing Medicaid expansion doesn’t apply to his draft plan. Cooper filed his notice to seek expansion on Jan. 6.

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