Perdue still mum on special NC legislative session

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The end of the year is approaching and there’s still no agreement between the Legislature and Gov. Beverly Perdue on how to ensure 1,400 people with mental illness in North Carolina have a place to live when Medicaid rules change.

Perdue hasn’t announced whether she’ll call the General Assembly back to Raleigh for a special session. The session would allow lawmakers to locate funds to assist group homes whose residents could no longer qualify for certain Medicaid coverage Jan. 1. The homes that rely on the funds are at risk of closing.

House Speaker Thom Tillis asked Perdue last week to hold the session.

The delay worries Ann Akland with the National Alliance on Mental Illness because she says people may be on the streets soon without the fix needed.

Credit: The Associated Press.