Another jam-packed week for healthcare in the legislature! Most notably, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger announced the two chambers have reached a compromise on Medicaid Expansion. There is no bill language on the proposed agreement yet, however we know it will include some changes to Certificate of Need and include the HASP program.

The SAVE Act was filed again this week, which would allow advanced practice nurses to practice without physician supervision. NCMS continues to work in opposition to this bill.

Lastly, the Compassionate Care Act, which would allow the use of medical cannabis, passed the Senate and will head to the House.

Here are some other bills filed this week we are tracking:

HB 222, No CV19 Vaccine Mandates for NC Students: Would prohibit the commission public health, state and health agencies from requiring North Carolina students to be immunized against COVID-19.

HB 254, Firearm Storage: Would require anyone who owns a firearm that resides in the same premises of a minor to keep their firearm in a locked container.

HB 258, Novel Opioid Control Act of 2023: Makes technical changes to the list of compounds that are classified as opioids.

Read full summaries of these bills here.