A flurry of bills are being filed in advance of the North Carolina General Assembly’s Easter Break, scheduled for April 12-19. Be sure to watch our 2017 Legislative Blog for brief summaries of the many health related bills the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) is tracking. We welcome your comments on these posts, just be sure to include your name and affiliation.
Several highlights of the past week:

  • Governor Roy Cooper’s appointee to serve as Secretary to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Mandy Cohen, MD, testified before the Senate Health Committee last week and won unanimous approval from the committee. Next stop is the NC Senate Nominations Committee. Watch Dr. Cohen’s testimony.
  • House Bill 243 Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act was again before the NC House Health Committee last week. The NCMS has been successfully working with legislators to modify the bill to make it less burdensome to you and your practice. One of the primary sponsors of the legislation, Greg Murphy, MD (R-Pitt), walked the committee through the revisions. Review the details of the current revised bill.