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Monday, September 22, 2015
Kay Castillo, Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Legislation
Legislators pushed a budget through to meet the Friday, September 18th deadline last week. The budget became public late Monday night. The very next day, Senators took a vote with little time to read through the plan. After House approval, the Governor signed the deal Friday afternoon. With the budget complete, legislators announced they have more than a week’s worth of work to get done and may not adjourn until early October.
Here are highlights from House Bill 97, and the accompanying Money Report. Page numbers can be found in House Bill 97 and pages beginning with a letter can be found in the Money Report (ie G-4, I-5, etc.).
Health and Human Services
Justice and Public Safety
Other Budget Items
Bills of Interest
House Bill 372 Medicaid Transformation: After much back and forth, legislators assigned a conference committee of House and Senate members to work on a compromised plan that was released last week. The bill allows for the development of three Prepaid Health Plans (statewide) and up to ten Provider-Led Entities (regional and the Department of Health and Human Services will develop six regions). The bill creates a new Division of Health Benefits under the Department of Health and Human Services and eliminates the Division of Medical Assistance (currently operating Medicaid in our state) after twelve months of the contracts being in place. However, the employees under the Division of Health Benefits would not be considered state employees. The plan has to be approved by the federal government which can take 18 months or more. Additionally, the plan requires that the current LME/MCO structure for providing behavioral health services be excluded until four years AFTER capitated contracts begin with Prepaid Health Plans. Managed care providers are responsible for all administrative functions, including grievances and appeals. Lastly, contracts with Community Care of North Carolina would be eliminated. Most likely, this bill will be approved by the General Assembly. We will continue working on logistics with the Department of Health and Human Services.
House Bill 373 2016 Presidential Primary: This bill moves all primaries in North Carolina from May up to March 15th, 2016. The bill was sent to conference committee to work out differences in the House and Senate and will most likely be voted on this week.
Senate Bill 279 Amend Qualifications/Practice Counseling: This bill changes a few things regarding the Licensed Professional Counseling license such as supervision and school accreditation but it also was amended last week to include language on teaching sex trafficking prevention and awareness. It also expands the list to who can teach sex education and now includes behavioral counseling.
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