Gov. Cooper Signs IVC Bill

On Friday, Governor Cooper signed into law SB 630, Revise IVC Laws to Improve Behavioral Health. The reforms in this bill were developed with the input of statewide multi-sector behavioral health workgroups convened over a two-year period by NCHA. This week, North Carolina legislators are expected to wrap up business. It is likely that they will cast final votes on local bills and proposed constitutional amendments, reconsider any vetoed legislation, and then adjourn for the year. For more state legislative details, see the latest issue of NCHA Advocacy Daily Update. Thanks to advocates from Novant Health and FirstHealth who visited legislators this past week to talk about their health systems’ preparation and support for the community during an emergency or disaster. Nurses from FirstHealth Moore Regional’s Neuro Surgery & ICU unit also visited lawmakers’ offices to do blood pressure checks and talk about stroke awareness. Meanwhile in federal news, 340B continues to be the focus of Senate HELP Committee hearings. You can watch the most recent here. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee will hear more on 340B in July. US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar will testify this Tuesday on Prescription Drug Affordability and Innovation: Addressing Challenges in Today’s Market.

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