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North Carolina General Assembly Returns for 2019 Long Session

The North Carolina House and Senate held their organizational sessions this past week for the purpose of electing officers and adopting rules for each chamber. Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger were both re-elected to their respective positions. Several

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NCHA Responds to Treasurer Dale Folwell’s New Provider Reimbursement Plan

October 4, 2018 – Cary, NC – Once again, State Treasurer Dale Folwell has proven that he has neither an insurance nor a healthcare background and is unwilling to work with those who do. Mr. Folwell, an accountant, has limited understanding of the complexity

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Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day is a coordinated effort to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

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Update on 340B

The US House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee met this week to discuss the 340B program. Notes from the meeting are attached. The focus of this hearing was moderation of the program, not cuts. Of note was a question by Rep. Hudson (NC): “In

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US House Committee releases 340B legislation ahead of July 11 hearing

The US House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee recently posted more than a dozen bills and discussion drafts related to the 340 drug savings program as it prepares to hold a July 11 hearing on improving the program. Among other changes, the bills would void recent

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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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