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The North Carolina Short Legislative Session began on April 28, 2020.

House Bill 1040 – Healthcare for Working North Carolinians

Sponsors: Sydney Batch (D-37); Scott Brewer (D-66); Christy Clark (D-98); James Gailliard (D-25)

Bill Text

This bill would provide healthcare to over 660,000 currently uninsured North Carolinians by expanding Medicaid to cover people who: (1) have a modified adjusted gross income that is at or below 133% of the federal poverty level; (2) are between the ages of 19 and 65; (3) are not entitled to or enrolled in Medicare benefits under the federal Social Security Act and (4) are not otherwise eligible for Medicaid coverage under the North Carolina State Plan as it existed on January 1, 2020.

Last Action: Sent to Committee On Rules, Calendar, and Operations on 4/28/20

House Bill 1141 – Study Implicit Bias Program/Maternal Health

Sponsors: Zack Hawkins (D-31); Julie von Haefen (D-36)

Bill Text

An Act requiring DHHS to study whether implementation of an evidence-based implicit bias program for health care providers would improve maternal health and reduce infant mortalityamong African Americans residing in NC; appropirating funds for this purpose.

Last Action: Sent to Appropriations Committee on 5/18/20

Senate Bill 732 - Create Medicaid Access to Doula Services

Sponsors: Natalie Murdock (D-20); Joyce Waddell (D-40); Natasha Marcus (D-41)

Bill Text

Adding coverage under the North Carolina Medicaid State Plan for antepartum, intrapartum, and 8 postpartum services provided to a pregnant recipient by a doula. These services shall include 9 services for labor and delivery support and at least four visits during the antenatal period and 10 seven visits during the postpartum period. This coverage shall begin August 1, 2021.

Last Action: Sent to Committee On Rules and Operations on 5/14/20

Senate Bill 775 - Funds/Est. Black Women & Girls Task Force

Sponsors: Erica Smith (D-03); Natalie Murdock (D-20)

Bill Text

Establishes the North Carolina Black Women and Girls Task Force within the Department of Administration to study: (1) the health and wealth disparities of black women and their impact. (2) Review educational justice principals for black girls and the impact of trauma to learning. (3) Research all forms of violence to and on black women and girls. (4) Consider the impact of the criminal and juvenile justice system on black women and girls, including incarceration of black women and girls. (5) Examine the effect of political advocacy and engagement, employment, and healthcare, especially in the context of disparate impacts of COVID-19, cancer, stress disorders, high blood pressure, maternal morbidity and infant mortality, reproduction, and other disparate health factors.

Last Action: Sent to Appropriations and Budget Committees on 5/20/20

Senate Bill 777 – Restraint Prohibition and I WILL Act

Sponsors: Erica Smith (D-03)

Bill Text

Codifies the DPS ban on shackling pregnant incarcerated people; provides funding for mammograms for incarcerated people.

Last Action: Sent to Committee On Rules and Operations on 5/18/20

House Bill 918 – Expedite Permanency/DHHS Report SNAP/TANF

Bill Text

Would target pregnant people and new mothers and subject them to permanent loss of custody of their children by making exposure to illegal drugs in utero grounds for child removal, expedited permanency placement hearings, and making it easier for foster parents (including non-relatives) to gain custody of children.