Session Week 3

As another busy week in Raleigh comes to end, healthcare related bills remain front and center.

This week, HB 76, the Medicaid Expansion bill dropped. The House version would institute the Healthcare Access and Stabilization Program (HASP), which would provide acute care hospitals with increased reimbursements funded through hospital assessments. Unlike some Medicaid Expansion bills from last year, there are no Certificate of Need changes attached.

We also saw the Senate pass the Parent’s Bill of Rights, SB 49. The bill now heads to the house and if passed, would create written consent requirements for minor treatment by clinicians.

Other Bills of Note the NCMS continues to monitor:

HB 58 and SB 74, Parents’ and Students’ Bill of Rights: Would give parents explicit rights to monitor/review their children’s healthcare, education, upbringing, and mental health and students’ rights related to their own education.

HB 75, PA Team-Based Practice: Would change supervision of PAs by physicians and changes to the licensure of physician assistants, expanding the scope of PAs working in team-based environments. (The same bill was filed in the Senate last week)

SB 69, Educate Patients About Opioid Antagonists: Requires healthcare practitioners and pharmacists and educate patients with opioid prescriptions on the danger of opioids, overdose prevention, and using opioids antagonists to prevent overdose rates.

Click here to view summaries on the bills listed above.