Legislative Wrap-Up of Short Session

July 14, 2020

The NC General Assembly has effectively wrapped up the short session of the 2019-2020 biennium.  With their adjournment on July 11th, any bill that did not get signed into law will now have to be reintroduced in the long session to be considered.  As legislative leaders indicated, there was not one singular budget bill considered…


Senate Moves Medicaid Transformation Bill Along

June 12, 2020

This week, S808, now called Medicaid Funding Act, was substantially changed through a committee substitute that was passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Here is the breakdown of the substitute bill: Related to Medicaid Transformation Changes start date for Standard Plans to no later than July 1, 2021; Authorizes each PHP, including the regional PHP…


NC General Assembly Gears Up for Budget – Medicaid Transformation Bill Introduced

June 5, 2020

“Because it is such a tight fiscal year, we’re going to have to be very fiscally prudent, and any dollars we spend, we spend on absolutely necessary expenses,”  is a quote from NC Rep. Donny Lambeth in a May 26, 2020 article in the News & Observer (https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243008661.html).  His comment was made at a joint…


General Assembly’s Response to COVID-19

April 3, 2020

We are hearing so much information regarding COVID-19 from the Governor, NC DHHS, counties and schools.  We haven’t heard as much from the NC General Assembly.  They are scheduled to return for the short session on April 28th.  There has been some discussion around the State that they may call a special session to specifically…


New Law Makes Changes Across Health and Human Services

November 13, 2019

Governor Cooper signed a new law on November 6th that makes a myriad of changes to health and human service related areas.  S537 is now SL 2019-240 and includes many provisions that will change professional licensure, social services, and safety in State facilities and child care institutions.   While the overall theme of the bill is…


Legislated Funding Initiatives Impacting Care in NC

November 11, 2019

On October 31st, both the House and Senate adjourned with the intention of coming back into session on November 13th to consider select issues.  The biggest impact of their adjournment is that the SFY19-20 and SFY20-21 State budgets remain in limbo.  Over 130 days have passed since the new fiscal year began on July 1,…


House Overrides Budget Veto, Senate to Consider Override

September 16, 2019

The NC House overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of the budget on September 11th with a final 55-15 vote.  There are a total of 123 House members, but it only takes three-fifths majority of those present in the chamber to override a veto.  53 members did not vote at all.  Now the bill veto will go…


Governor Vetoes 2019 Budget for Lack of Medicaid Expansion

July 9, 2019

The Governor vetoed the budget with concerns that it did not include Medicaid expansion.  It is unclear whether the House has the votes to override the veto. If the veto remains in place, their will need to be budget revision. As of July 1, the state is running on the current budget until the new…