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Short Session Update and Take Action!

Thursday, May 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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Session is in! Legislators kicked off round two of a short session on Monday, May 18.

 

Senators introduced 18 bills that were budget related. How much to spend per bill has not been identified as the state hasn’t released how much funding we have from income and other expenses. North Carolina is expecting a large budget shortfall, as much as $4 billion so not all budget priorities that Senators introduced will pass. House and Senate members have until today, May 26, to file bills.

 

Here are some bills that were recently filed that impact the social work profession:

House Joint Resolution 1065 Honor MaryAnn Black, Former Member
This legislation was filed to support former Representative and social worker MaryAnn Black who passed away earlier this year. Read NASW-NC’s tribute to Representative Black
here.

SB 773 Universal License Recognition Act
This legislation would require all licensure boards to issue a universal license to anyone who moves to the state and is licensed in another for at least one year.

SB 787 Restore Masters’ Pay for Teachers
This legislation would restore masters pay for teachers and other school support staff, including school social workers!

SB 805 Capital Appropriations Raise the Age/DPS
This legislation would allocate funding to continue Raise the Age efforts. Funding would go to continue renovations for raise the age facilities. No funding has been allocated for the bill yet.

SB 808 Medicaid Transformation Necessities
This legislation would direct Medicaid Transformation efforts to continue and roll out January 1, 2021. Money has not been allocated in this bill yet but is anticipated. As a reminder, Standard Plan rollout was to begin in February 2020 and Tailored Plans were to roll out in 2021. If this bill passes, we expect more information to come out from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on rollout efforts.


Take Action!

Contact your legislators to keep reimbursement for telehealth services! 

This link will provide you with a draft letter to send to your legislators. Please edit the letter to best encompass your practice experience.


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