May 21, 2021
North Carolina will likely use hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus funding to expand broadband internet in the state, though the details are evolving. North Carolina House leaders put their plan on the table Thursday to spend roughly $750 million on expansions, most of it through grants paying companies to expand in unserved areas. Gov. Roy Cooper dropped his own plan a day before, coming in at about $1.2 billion. View article.
North Carolina would dip into federal unemployment supplements to pay people on unemployment a $1,500 bonus to take a job under legislation released Thursday at the statehouse. The proposal would also cut off benefits for people who refuse jobs or skip job interviews, and it would move the state back to pre-pandemic requirements for looking for a job while receiving weekly benefits. View Article.
Cooper’s ARP Funds Proposal
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper shared his budget recommendations for how the state can invest in recovery through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The state will get $5.7 billion in federal funds in what the governor called a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to invest in the state and in the recovery of the coronavirus pandemic. View Article.
Time Running Out
North Carolina Medicaid recipients are running out of time to ensure they'll have no trouble getting the doctor they want when the program makes a significant shift soon. Friday is the end of open enrollment for North Carolina Medicaid Managed Care, which begins July 1. View Article.
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