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A GOP Medicaid-like Expansion Bill, Death By Distribution Legislation And More

North Carolina House Republicans touted a bill on Tuesday that would expand health coverage to more uninsured adults who make too much to qualify for Medicaid. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii about a GOP medicaid-like expansion bill, death by distribution legislation and more.

The bill diverges from Medicaid in that it sets work requirements to ensure coverage. Similar work requirements were struck down by federal judges in Arkansas and Kentucky.

Host Frank Stasio speaks with WUNC Capitol Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberiiabout how the proposal is being received and how funding for the program would work.

Tiberii also speaks about a bill to increase punishment for those who distribute a drug that leads to a user’s death. Harm reduction advocates says that bill would punish other addicts.

And as campaigns for the 9th and 3rd Congressional Districts ramp up, Stasio and Tiberii talk about the standout candidates and where the political money is flowing.

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Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Laura Pellicer is a producer with The State of Things (hyperlink), a show that explores North Carolina through conversation. Laura was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, a city she considers arrestingly beautiful, if not a little dysfunctional. She worked as a researcher for CBC Montreal and also contributed to their programming as an investigative journalist, social media reporter, and special projects planner. Her work has been nominated for two Canadian RTDNA Awards. Laura loves looking into how cities work, pursuing stories about indigenous rights, and finding fresh voices to share with listeners. Laura is enamored with her new home in North Carolina—notably the lush forests, and the waves where she plans on moonlighting as a mediocre surfer.