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Legislative Session Advocacy Update: Week 2 brings surprise bills

Monday, February 11, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Week two of the North Carolina Legislative Session was another slow week which gave NASW-NC the opportunity to meet with new legislators and discuss the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda! Committee meetings will kick off this week and NASW-NC will continue meeting with legislators to advance the social work profession. Additionally, the NASW-NC Legislative Committee met on Friday, Februray 8 to discuss bills that had been filed and took a position on several of these bills (see more below in bills of interest).

Before we jump into the list of bills filed last week and upcoming advocacy days, we wanted to share some BIG news related to Medicaid in North Carolina! Last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced the selection of Prepaid Health Plans that will participate in standard plans for Medicaid managed care when the program launches in November 2019. In managed care, NC DHHS will continue to oversee all aspects of the Medicaid and North Carolina Health Choice programs. Find out who won these contracts and NASW-NC's involvement. Additionally, NASW-NC was appointed to the steering committee that will guide the development of the tailored plans- Medicaid plans that will focus on behavioral health care.

Bills of Interest

HB 22 Women's Right to Know/Ashley's Law: This legislation would require medical professionals to inform women it is possible to discontinue a medical abortion by not taking prescribed medication. There has been no medical research to support this claim. Additionally, it would require a medical professional to provide medical proof to the woman that fetal death has occurred. This legislation is against the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda and NASW-NC is opposed.

HB 28 Prohibit Abortions After 13 Weeks: This legislation prohibits abortion after thirteen weeks. The current law prohibits abortion after twenty weeks. This legislation is against the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda and NASW-NC is opposed.

HB 29 Standing Up for Rape Victims Act of 2019: This legislation would provide funding to require testing of sexual assault examination kits that have gone untested for many years. According to Attorney General Josh Stein, there are 15,000 untested kits. The legislation would also create recurring funds for positions to help ensure the state does not leave future kits untested. This legislation has bipartisan support which means it will likely pass this legislative session.  

HB 37 Child Sex Abuse/Extend Statute of Limitations: This legislation would allow a plaintiff, who was under the age of 18 at the time sex abuse occurred, to have until they turn 45 years old to take action against the abuser.

SB 28 Restore Master's Pay for Certain Teachers: This legislation would restore master's level pay for certain teachers and instructional support staff where a master's degree for licensure is required. It would also restore the pay for anyone paid on the 'M' salary prior to the 2014-2015 school year. This legislation supports the NASW-NC Legislative Agenda and NASW-NC will continue to ensure social workers are paid for masters' degrees!

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