With the crossover deadline in the rear view mirror legislators are focused solely on one issue, the state budget. According to Rep. Lambeth, there were over 600+ pieces of healthcare related legislation introduced into one of the two chambers prior to crossover and post-crossover there are really only three pieces that legislators are focused on, they are: EPO, surprise billing and telehealth.
This committee met with the House Health Committee and Senator Burgin to discuss their thoughts on which, if any of these three healthcare priority bills were going to pass both chambers and make their way to the Governors desk. None of the legislators were willing to guess but while they agreed on the importance of these bills they also were pragmatic about how each piece of legislation would or could be used as a trade for other key provisions in the State budget.
The State hasn't been able to pass a budget since fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2018 - July 1, 2019). Legislative bickering over spending priorities including Medicaid expansion have made passing a budget a difficult process during much of Gov. Cooper's term. This year, with Republicans holding majorities in both the House and the Senate and spurred by not being able to pass a budget for the last two years getting a budget to the Governors desk should be a priority. The holdup right now seems to be the spending agreement; the House wants to spend more than the Senate.
Until the two chambers are able to produce a budget all other legislative efforts are slowed to a crawl.
Until Next Month! Michelle