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NC Legislative Update: Coronavirus Relief 3.0

Friday, September 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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The North Carolina state legislature passed a nearly $1 billion bill on Thursday that would use the rest of the state’s share of the federal COVID-19 relief money.

Some major highlights of the funding, outlined in House Bill 1105 Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0:

  • Funding for $335 to be sent to every family that filed a dependent under age 17 on their 2019 taxes. This is a total amount per family, not per child.
  • In the education budget, $10 million is appropriate for a total of $20 million for mobile internet access. This money will be used by families in need of internet access for students to complete virtual schooling.
  • $27 million for PPE for schools to help allow in-person classes.
  • $23 million to provide PPE and COVID related equipment to health care, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities.
  • $87 million to provide more funding to Unemployment benefits.
  • $38 million for LME/MCOs for single stream funding for behavioral health services.  
  • $20 million to DHHS to distribute to Medicaid providers who are treating uninsured patients.
  • Funding to provide $100 bonuses for poll workers to help recruit for positions across the state.
  • Funding to provide $10,000 to each county board of elections to assist them in their work to allow for safe voting in November.

Senate and House Democrats attempted to add Medicaid Expansion to the relief efforts but were unsuccessful.

Governor Cooper signed this legislation on Friday, September 4.

Legislators might return later in the year if Congress appropriates more funding to states for relief efforts. Otherwise, legislators will likely not return until January of 2021 for the next long session. NASW-NC’s Legislative Committee will be working on our 2021 Legislative Agenda in the coming months. If you would like to propose any items for consideration by the committee, please email ideas to advocacy.naswnc@socialworkers.org.


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