The new legislative session began this week, and NCMS CEO Chip Baggett summarizes the fast-moving developments already unfolding. Rumors began flying fast that the SAVE Act was going to move quite quickly in some form down at the General Assembly, and the rumors were true. In Wednesday’s Senate Health Care Committee, Sen. Krawiec (R – Dist. 31) introduced an amended version of HB 149, originally the telehealth bill. This amended bill rolls in additions to the original bill such as Medicaid Expansion (supported by the NCMS), the SAVE Act language (opposed by the NCMS), onerous provisions around Surprise Billing, and new changes to the Certificate of Need law. Find out more about this amended bill and when it may go up for a vote by watching this week’s Political Pulse.

For more information, please see the proposed language here and a summary of the changes here.