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NASW-NC Legislative Update: HB 70 Crosses Finish Line and NASW-NC Budget Response

Monday, June 10, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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NASW-NC is THRILLED to announce House Bill 70 Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers has been signed into law by Governor Cooper!

This legislation was close to passage before the June 1, 2019 deadline so legislators and state leaders agreed to pass measures to protect providers until the bill was signed into law.

Thank you to our members who made calls to legislators advocating for the delay for Medicaid and State Health Plan providers to connect to the Health Information Exchange! It really made a difference! More about House Bill 70 can be found on the NASW-NC website.

Another surprising victory came last Wednesday when the House failed to override Governor Cooper’s veto of SB 359 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill will not become law. Governor Cooper vetoed the legislation back in April saying it was an "unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients" and would "criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist."

Social Work Licensure Update: NASW-NC is working with North Carolina Senators on advancing House Bill 678 Amend Counselors/Substance Abuse/Social Work Practice Act. This legislation passed the North Carolina House of Representatives with a vote of 114-0. Learn more about this important legislation on our website! If this bill does not pass, social work licensure will not continue after 2021 and no new clinical social workers will be licensed after that date.

Budget News

Last Thursday, North Carolina House and Senate leadership appointed members to a budget conference committee. This committee is tasked with combining the House and Senate budget proposals into one final budget document.


The NASW-NC Legislative Committee met on Friday, June 7th and developed a list of priorities from each budget document to submit to the conference committee. While this list was not an exhaustive list of all priorities, these are a few the committee pulled out to emphasize with legislators. Click here to view the list of priorities sent to the conference committee.

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