Latest North Carolina state government News

North Carolina's Medicaid expansion program has enrolled 500,000 people in just 7 months

Jul. 12, 2024 13:03 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More than 500,000 North Carolina residents have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program since it went live about seven months ago, officials announced Friday. Gov. Roy Cooper, joined by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary...

North Carolina senator's top aide named CEO of Carolina Hurricanes parent company

Jul. 11, 2024 14:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A top aide to a powerful North Carolina state legislator was named Thursday as the chief executive officer of the parent company of the Carolina Hurricanes. Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon announced the hiring of Brian Fork, who has worked for state Senate leader...

North Carolina can switch to Aetna for state worker health insurance contract, judge rules

Jul. 08, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a legal fight involving two health insurance companies seeking to manage North Carolina’s public employee benefits plan, a judge ruled Monday that the plan’s board acted properly when it switched to Aetna and dropped longtime administrator Blue Cross and Blue Shield of...

Already not seeking another term, North Carolina Sen. Perry resigns from chamber

Jul. 02, 2024 14:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state senator who helped lead a powerful committee has resigned days after the General Assembly completed this year's primary work session. The resignation of Republican Sen. Jim Perry of Lenoir County was effective Tuesday, according to a...

North Carolina government aims to incentivize hospitals to relieve patients of medical debt

Jul. 01, 2024 14:06 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina state government is seeking to rid potentially billions in medical debt from low- and middle-income residents by offering a financial carrot for hospitals to take unpaid bills off the books and to implement policies supporting future patients. ...

North Carolina legislators leave after veto overrides, ballot question, unfinished business

Jun. 27, 2024 19:58 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up this year's chief work session Thursday after overriding Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's vetoes, putting a constitutional amendment about citizens and voting on the November ballot and sending to Cooper's desk many additional bills....

North Carolina's restrictions on public mask-wearing are now law after some key revisions

Jun. 27, 2024 17:52 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's contentious restrictions on public mask-wearing became law on Thursday after GOP lawmakers successfully overrode a veto by the state's Democratic governor. The Senate gave its final stamp of approval in a 30-14 override vote along party lines....

North Carolina legislators consider vetoes, constitution changes as work session winds down

Jun. 26, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly raced Wednesday to advance legislation before completing its chief working session for the year — even as lawmakers know they could return later this summer to settle unfinished business. That to-be-continued work likely...

Judge upholds North Carolina's anti-rioting law, dismisses civil liberties suit

Jun. 26, 2024 16:10 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a civil rights group challenging North Carolina's anti-rioting law, whose criminal penalties were raised last year by state legislators. The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina sued over the law,...

North Carolina legislature likely heading home soon for a 'little cooling off' over budget

Jun. 20, 2024 17:42 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With each legislative chamber uninterested in hearing the other's spending proposal, North Carolina lawmakers look ready to go on hiatus after next week while a stalemate simmers between Republicans over how to adjust the current two-year state budget. ...