By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina’s Republican legislative leaders want a judge to extend her temporary ban on efforts by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to expand Medicaid coverage under former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger filed court papers explaining why they think U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan should reject requests from state and federal agencies to dissolve her earlier delay. The lawmakers also want a longer injunction.

Cooper tried to begin shortly after his inauguration this month expanding coverage to potentially 500,000 people through a notice with federal regulators. Court papers filed Monday by attorneys for legislators argues Cooper’s administration violated state and federal laws when he sought expansion without the General Assembly’s OK.

An in-person hearing on the requests may occur Friday.

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