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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…

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Governor Releases His Proposed COVID-19 Spending Plan

April 27, 2020

Governor Roy Cooper released his $1.4 billion spending proposal for North Carolina to address COVID-19  through July 30, 2020.  In the proposal, the Governor recommends using every federal dollar available, starting with the CARES Act funding, before using State dollars.  There are similarities in the categories the Governor identifies and the work group recommendations of…

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Governor’s Executive Orders Used to Waive Requirements in Health Care, Social Services and Long-Term Care

Governor Cooper has extended the stay at home order through May 8th using his Executive Order authority to direct citizens in non-essential positions to stay-at-home and to direct specific government agencies to waive certain requirements and develop policies during the pandemic.  Governors have the authority to make such proclamations, particularly in emergencies such as the…

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NCCARE360 Expedites Network Availability Across the State

NC DHHS is expediting the ramp up of NCCARE360 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting increased and urgent needs of North Carolinians.  NCCARE360 is a statewide network of health care and human service organizations.  It was initiated by NC DHHS as one strategy to address those Social Determinants of Health that can…

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Recommendations Made to House Select Committee on COVID-19

The NC General Assembly returns for the short session on Tuesday, April 28th.  The House Select Committee on COVID-19, Health Care Work Group has used the interim since the pandemic has impacted the world to gather input.  Health Care and each of the other work groups will develop legislative recommendations—both policy and funding—that will be…

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Medicaid Expansion Recommended by Some for COVID-19 Response

April 3, 2020

Hospitals and other health care organizations are struggling to meet the needs of those afflicted with COVID-19.  Most of them have put aside elective and routine services to focus their attention on fighting this pandemic.  A March 30th ABC News article states, “As officials scramble to supply hospitals with much needed protective equipment for doctors…

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General Assembly’s Response to COVID-19

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…

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