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The Latest: Republicans: Cooper breaking law with expansion

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Latest on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s plans to seek expansion of Medicaid coverage through the federal health care law (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Republican legislative leaders say North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will break state law by trying to expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul law and wants taxpayers to cover the state’s share.

Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday that Cooper’s announcement to seek approval from the federal government to cover more people a “brazenly illegal attempt to force” Medicaid expansion upon the state. Berger’s office says lawmakers will ask federal Medicaid regulators to reject any expansion request Cooper makes.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Majority Leader John Bell also said state law prevents Cooper from unilaterally requesting more Medicaid coverage. They labeled Cooper’s move a proposed tax increase. Cooper said the state’s monetary match to provide the federal coverage could either come from taxpayers or an assessment on hospitals.

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2:50 p.m.

New Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper says he will take action toward expanding Medicaid to more people in North Carolina under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, even though a Republican state law prevents him from seeking expansion unilaterally.

Cooper said Wednesday during an economic forum in Durham that he would file paperwork with federal regulators by Friday to start the process.

A 2013 state law says North Carolina won’t expand Medicaid under the federal law and bars attempts unless the General Assembly says otherwise. Cooper told reporters that state law invades the governor’s “core executive authority.”

Cooper’s announcement comes as President-elect Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders vow to repeal Obama’s law. Still, Cooper says his administration found people in Washington “very receptive” to his action.

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