For Immediate Release: May 11, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Requests Correction and Apology for Public Accusation

RALEIGH -- Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin is calling on North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos to publicly correct and apologize for falsely and personally blaming him for the state's rejection of Medicaid expansion.

According to press reports, when questioned by a local physician about the state's decision to reject Medicaid expansion and its effects on the state’s uninsured population, during a May 10 forum at Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville, Secretary Wos stated:

"…in North Carolina, based on our constitution, the issue of Medicaid expansion or not, actually, was the commissioner of insurance’s. Just so that you all know that and are aware of that."

In response, Insurance Commissioner Goodwin said, "I am offended and truly disappointed that Secretary Wos decided to incorrectly accuse me of being the cause for the state’s rejection of Medicaid expansion. Senate Bill 4 — the legislation that rejected the expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina — was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law on March 6 by the Governor. That decision was not within my constitutional authority. I trust that the Secretary will swiftly issue a correction and apologize for her statement."

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