HB 896 – Fair & Equitable Reimbursement/Pharmacists

HB 896 – Fair & Equitable Reimbursement/Pharmacists

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba)

 

Summary

This bill requires health benefit plans offered by insurers in NC to reimburse a pharmacist at the same rate that other health care providers are reimbursed when providing the same or equivalent health care services or procedures as long as all of the following conditions are met: (1) the service or procedure was performed within the pharmacist’s licensed lawful scope of practice; (2) the health benefit plan would have provided reimbursement if the service or procedure had been performed by another health care provider; and (3) the pharmacist provided the service or procedure in compliance with any requirements of the insurer related to the service or procedure.

 

This bill also requires insurers offering health benefit plans in NC that delegate credentialing agreements to contracted health care facilities to accept credentialing for pharmacists employed or contracted with those facilities.

 

This bill also requires insurers offering health benefit plans in NC to reimburse a contracted health care facility or a contracted pharmacist directly for covered services performed by a pharmacist within that pharmacist’s lawful scope of practice regardless of whether the pharmacist is a participating provider in the insurer’s provider network.

 

This bill also appropriates $100K in nonrecurring funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to the Department of Insurance to be used for implementation of the above provisions.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/5/2021


HB 884 – Establish NC Institute for Public Policy

HB 884 – Establish NC Institute for Public Policy

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Terence Everitt (D-Wake); Rep. Raymond Smith, Jr. (D-Sampson, Wayne); Rep. James Gailliard (D-Nash)

 

Summary

This bill establishes the NC Institute of Public Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State University and states that the Institute’s purpose is to provide the State’s policymakers with timely, useful, and practical research.

 

This bill also makes a series of appropriations to fund full-time positions and operating expenses of the Institute.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 882 – Behavioral Health Services for Students

HB 882 – Behavioral Health Services for Students

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Zack Hawkins (D-Durham)

 

Summary

This bill allows public school units to permit behavioral health providers to provide behavioral health services to a student on school property during the instructional day if certain specified conditions are met.

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 881 – Licensed Psychological Association Supervision

HB 881 – Licensed Psychological Association Supervision

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Zack Hawkins (D-Durham)

 

Summary

This bill allows licensed psychological associates to practice without required supervision by a qualified licensed psychologist if the licensed psychological associate meets all of the following requirements: (1) has 3,000 hours of post-graduate degree experience in the delivery of psychological services under the supervision of one or more qualified licensed psychologists within a time period of at least 24 consecutive months and less than 60 consecutive months; and (2) submits an application for independent practice with proof of the required supervision experience.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 879 – LME/MCO Funds Transfer/Partners Additional Funding

HB 879 – LME/MCO Funds Transfer/Partners Additional Funding

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus); Rep. Dean Arp (R-Union); Rep. David Willis (R-Union)

 

Summary

This bill appropriates $10M in nonrecurring funds in the 2021-2022 fiscal year to DHHS to be allocated to the local management entity/managed care organization Partners Health Management to be used for staff training and development of its health care provider networks.

 

When any county disengages from one area authority and realigns with another area authority, this bill also requires a portion of the fund balance and risk reserve of the area authority from which the county is disengaging to be transferred to the area authority with which the county is realigning in a specified manner.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 876 – Vaccination Private Choice Protection Act

HB 876 – Vaccination Private Choice Protection Act

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Timothy Moffitt (R-Henderson); Rep. Harry Warren (R-Rowan); Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort, Craven); Rep. Mitchell Setzer (R-Catawba)

 

 

 

Summary

This bill:

  • Prohibits any public health authority in the State from issuing an order requiring any individual to submit to a COVID-19 vaccination if such action is medically contraindicated for the individual or if receiving a vaccination is against the individual’s religious or philosophical beliefs.
  • Prohibits health care providers from requiring patients to provide permission to use or disclose the patient’s protected health information for marketing or other business purposes or to waive any of the rights provided by certain specified federal regulations as a condition of receiving the vaccination.
  • Prohibits discrimination based on COVID-19 vaccination status by the State, any entity receiving State funding, employers, and public accommodations.
  • Permits an entity, employer, or public accommodation to institute a policy or practice requiring an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or verify the person’s vaccination status provided all of the following apply: (1) the individual is notified that the individual may decline to be vaccinated, may decline to verify the person’s vaccination status, or both; (2) the individual may decline to receive a vaccine, decline to verify the person’s vaccination status, or both, based on a medical contraindication or other condition requiring a reasonable accommodation, natural immunity, or reasons of conscience including a sincerely held religious belief; (3) if the individual is a minor, the minor’s parent or legal guardian may decline to have the minor receive a vaccination, decline to verify the minor’s vaccination status, or both.
  • Prohibits public agencies from issuing or establishing COVID-19 vaccine passports.
  • Prohibits employers from inquiring whether an employee/prospective employee has received vaccination of a drug approved the FDA only for emergency use.
  • Prohibits employers from requiring employees to receive a vaccination of a drug approved by the FDA only for emergency use as a condition of employment.
  • Prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against an employee who opposes a workplace vaccination program to administer a drug approved the FDA only for emergency use.
  • Prohibits the Governor from requiring or mandating that any person receive a vaccination by operation of executive order.
  • Prohibits State agencies from adopting rules mandating vaccinations as a condition of the receipt, renewal, or reinstatement of a license by an agency.
  • Prohibits educational institutions from asking whether an individual has received a vaccination as a condition of attendance.
  • Prohibits discrimination against hospital patients, physicians, medical residents, and interns on the basis of vaccination status.
  • Prohibits discrimination against adult care home residents and nursing home residents based on vaccination status.
  • Prohibits discrimination in public spaces on the basis of vaccination status.
  • Prohibits an insurer from refusing to insure or refusing to continue to insure an individual, limit the amount of coverage available to an individual, or charge the individual a different rate solely because of an individual’s vaccination status.

 

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 875 – Enact KinCare and Safe Days

HB 875 – Enact KinCare and Safe Days

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Ashton Clemmons (D-Guilford); Rep. Carla Cunningham (D-Mecklenburg); Rep. Gale Adcock (D-Wake); Rep. Vernetta Alston (D-Durham)

 

Summary

This bill requires employers who provide compensated or uncompensated job protected sick leave to permit an employee to use the employee’s accrued and available sick leave entitlement to attend to the care of a family member for up to five days.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 871 – Informed Consent/Certain Procedures

HB 871 – Informed Consent/Certain Procedures

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Gale Adcock (D-Wake); Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus); Rep. Julie von Haefen (D-Wake)

 

Summary

This bill prohibits a health care provider or trainee from performing or supervising the performance of a pelvic or rectal examination on an anesthetized or unconscious patient unless one of the following conditions is met: (1) the patient or the patient’s legal guardian/designated health care agent provides prior informed consent to a pelvic or rectal examination; (2) the patient is incapable of providing informed consent and the pelvic or rectal examination is necessary for diagnostic or treatment purposes; or (3) an emergency exists at the time of the examination and it is impractical to obtain the patient’s consent, and the pelvic or rectal examination is necessary for diagnostic or treatment purposes.

 

This bill also specifies the process to be followed to obtain consent, including providing the patient with a written or electronic document that includes certain specified requirements and obtaining the patient’s or the patient’s representative’s signature.

 

This bill also states that any individual who violates these requirements shall be guilty of a Class A1 misdemeanor.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 868 – Telehealth Licensure Reciprocity

HB 868 – Telehealth Licensure Reciprocity

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Donny Lambeth (R-Forsyth); Rep. Larry Potts (R-Davidson); Rep. Wayne Sasser (R-Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly); Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus)

 

Summary

This bill permits the NC Medical Board to issue a license to practice medicine through telehealth services to an applicant who satisfies all of the following requirements: (1) holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in another state; (2) registers with the Board through a application form prescribed by the Board; (3) does not have any current or pending disciplinary action against the applicant’s license; (4) has not been the subject of disciplinary action relating to the applicant’s licensure to practice medicine during the five-year period preceding the application’s submission; (5) designates a duly appointed registered agent for service of process in NC; (6) maintains professional liability coverage or financial responsibility which includes coverage for telehealth services provided to patients not located in the provider’s home state in an amount equal to or greater than the requirements for an individual licensed to practice in NC; (7) does not have an office in NC and does not currently provide in-person health care services to patients located in NC; (8) practices medicine in a manner consistent with the applicant’s scope of practice and the prevailing professional standard of care for a health care professional who provides in-person health care services to patients in NC.

 

This bill also specifies other requirements for telehealth services licensees, including documentation and patient history requirements.

 

This bill exempts a person licensed to practice medicine in another state who provides telehealth services to a patient located in NC in response to an emergency medical condition of the patient or in consultation with a health care professional licensed in NC who has supervisory and ultimate authority over the diagnosis and health care of the patient.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021


HB 864 – Driver Education/Drug & Alcohol Awareness

HB 864 – Driver Education/Drug & Alcohol Awareness

Primary House Sponsors: Rep. Charles Graham (D-Robeson)

 

Summary

This bill establishes a mandatory course in drug and alcohol abuse awareness for unlicensed persons eighteen years and older who are first-time drivers.

 

This bill also requires $200K of the funds appropriated from the Highway Fund to the Department of Transportation for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to be used by the Department to fund the mandatory course.

 

Movement

Filed – 5/4/2021