Wednesday 11 Dec 2019

Gov. Cooper Visits Goldsboro, Pushes For Medicaid Expansion (PHOTOS)

The governor touts his Medicaid expansion ideas in Goldsboro.

With a focus on early childhood teachers who lack health care, Governor Roy Cooper was at the Small World Child Care Center and Preschool Tuesday afternoon for a roundtable discussion. Cooper says one in five early childhood educators in the state do not have health insurance.

Valerie Wallace, the Executive Director of the Partnership for Children of Wayne County, says lack of health insurance often forces those early childhood educators to look for work in another field, which in turns impacts their students by interrupting the continuity of their learning.

Gov. Cooper believes expanding Medicaid in the state would assist the early childhood teachers as well as thousands of others.

According to the website, nearly 4,600 people would gain coverage in Wayne County if the Medicaid proposal were adopted.

Gov. Cooper has vetoed the state budget bill passed by GOP-led General Assembly as he hopes an agreement can be reached on expanding Medicaid and funds for education.

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