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NASW-NC Legislative Update: Medicaid Expansion and Adjournment Talks

Friday, July 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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After a week away, the North Carolina House of Representatives jumped quickly back into work. While both the House and the Senate are looking to adjourn soon, the Senate is on a much faster track to attempt to leave.


North Carolina Senators filed S688 to adjourn the legislative session on July 22nd and come back August 27th. The House has not confirmed support for this idea and the Senate has not held a vote on the bill.


The House released and passed HB 111 Supplemental Appropriations Act this week. The bill passed the House with no opposition. This legislation is six pages of budget items that need to pass to ensure federal funds can be drawn down to support programs such as Medicaid, disaster relief, the suicide prevention lifeline, and raise the age efforts.


Another surprise this week, the House Committee on Health heard HB 655 NC Health Care for Working Families. This legislation is a state designed version of Medicaid Expansion and would include work requirements, premiums, health and wellness screenings, and more. The bill was filed earlier in the session and was not heard in committee nor included in the House budget proposal. The bill passed the committee with little opposition but has not been debated on the House floor. NASW-NC did not take a formal position on the legislation.


Despite news of adjournment from the Senate, NASW-NC is still working to pursue HB 678 which amends the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board to remain in compliance with the administration of the clinical licensure exam. The bill passed the House with no opposition and was assigned to the Senate Healthcare Committee. NASW-NC is working with Senators to try and get the bill heard in committee soon!

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