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NC General Assembly adjourned until November; 340B hearing July 11

The NC General Assembly adjourned the 2018 short session Friday after just six weeks of deliberation. They will reconvene on Nov. 27, 2018. The purpose of that session is unknown, but the resolution states that the normal rules for bill introduction and consideration

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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

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NC General Assembly passes major update to mental health law

North Carolina lawmakers approved an overhaul of a significant portion of the state’s mental health law regarding involuntary commitment (IVC) of individuals in behavioral health crisis. The action represents the first major revision to IVC legislation since the adoption of the Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities

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Senate overrides Governor’s veto of budget

The North Carolina Senate voted along party lines to override Gov. Cooper’s veto of the budget. The House is expected to do the same this week. The House Judiciary approved the HOPE Act, which passed the House Health Committee. There will be an amendment on

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General Assembly passes budget

The NC General Assembly gave final approval Friday to a $23.9 billion spending plan crafted by House and Senate leaders. It will next go to the Governor, who has 10 days to veto the bill before it becomes law. To read a summary

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Budget negotiations continue in Raleigh

The General Assembly continues to work on modifications to the current biennial budget. The plan was to unveil the details of the budget to the Majority Caucus last Thursday and make the document public over the Memorial Day weekend. The Joint Appropriations Committee will

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General Assembly is back in session; budget expected soon

NC General Assembly members returned last Wednesday for the 2018 Legislative Short Session. Their main purpose is to make modifications to the biennial budget and enact any other laws within the rules. It is possible that the budget modifications are already finished; if so,

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Health system leaders meet with NC House Speaker

North Carolina Speaker of the House Tim Moore met with several health system executives last week at NCHA. He informed the group that he is aiming to finish the short session in six weeks, with the major focus on budget amendments and very little policy

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New 340B bill Includes reporting requirements

Another bill has been filed to address the 340B drug discount program. The bill, HR 5598 filed by Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia, will require that hospitals eligible for the discount due to their Disproportionate Share Hospital status file reports on the utilization

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