AN ACT TO EXPAND MEDICAID IN NORTH CAROLINA.
Contains whereas clauses. Repeals Section 3 of SL 2013-5 (prohibiting Affordable Care Act optional Medicaid expansion). Amends GS 108A-54.3A (Medicaid eligibility and income thresholds) to add subdivision (24) expanding Medicaid eligibility to include individuals between the age of 19 and 65 whose modified adjusted gross income is less than or equal to 133% of the federal poverty guidelines. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide Medicaid coverage for those individuals outlined in this new subdivision consistent with the State’s current Medicaid and NC Health Choice Program. Provides that the additional costs associated with this expansion will be covered by federal funds the State receives under certain provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, P.L. 1172. Also provides that, once those federal funds are no longer sufficient, the General Assembly intends to impose on hospitals an additional assessment to cover the State’s share of the program and administrative costs associated with this expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Effective July 1, 2021.
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