Source: News & Observer

Governor Cooper sent a request to President Trump requesting federal government waivers to increase access to food and health care for North Carolinians during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the News & Observer.

Cooper’s letter asks the federal government to relax requirements for food benefits, particularly for children.

According to the News & Observer, food benefit waivers requested include adjustments for SNAP, WIC and other food benefit programs in order to ensure North Carolinians maintain access to food during the outbreak.

In addition to the food benefits requests, Cooper’s letter also asks for Medicaid waivers to ensure access to coverage during the pandemic. One request would eliminate limits on critical access beds. Additional measures would adjust the payment schedule so Medicaid can pay for longer hospital visits and allow Medicaid payments for home and community-based services. The requests would also waive enrollment fees and other related payments for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Cooper called for public schools to remain closed through May 15 at least, in addition to closing dine-in options at restaurants across the state and requiring bars to close. Cooper also ordered gatherings of 50 or more to be banned, and closed gyms, movie theaters and salons.
Read the full information on Cooper’s letter to President Trump at the News & Observer.