Senate Approves Bill Expanding Access to Affordable Healthcare, Reducing Burdensome Regulations

  • Expands Medicaid for individuals earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($38,295 for a family of four).
  • Establishes the Healthcare Access and Stabilization Program which will pull down at least $600 million from the federal government — and potentially as much as $3 billion — to bolster North Carolina hospitals.
  • Requires the 10% state share to be paid for through modernizing our state’s existing hospital assessment in addition to enacting a new one on hospitals.
  • Requires transparency in the form of annual reports from the Department of Health and Human Services on the financials of the program.
  • Gives the DHHS Secretary the ability to end expanded coverage if the state share cannot be covered.
  • Requires the expanded coverage to be discontinued if the 90/10 FMAP changes.
  • Establishes a work requirement to receive expanded coverage, similar to work requirements already in law.
  • Reforms the state’s Certificate of Need laws by creating two separate application pathways.
  • Stops surprise medical bills by requiring healthcare facilities to inform patients if they are scheduled to see out-of-network providers.
  • Requires health insurance providers to cover telehealth services.
  • Allows advanced practice registered nurses to practice at the top of their license — granting them full practice authority.

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