While the legislature remains out of session and the 2022 elections are gearing up, there aren't many big updates for members. But we continue to keep our ear to the ground on issues that may be coming up in the 2023-24 session for consideration. Among those issues include a Health Care Bill of Rights to protect the interests of health care consumers in North Carolina and ongoing efforts to look at Medicaid expansion, health care provider and facility competition and all of the related issues that will undoubtedly impact the way that people use health insurance and benefits in our state.
In a recent update from our lobbyist, Joe Stewart, for the legislative committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (with whom we partner for many services including Joe), the Republicans remain on track to retain the House and Senate majorities with the great unknown being how turnout will impact how large or small those majorities might be. The other interesting races that we will watch closely include the various federal races -- US Senate and 14 member of the United States House of Representatives -- and especially the race for two seats on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
One way you can help is by making a contribution to our North Carolina Health Underwriters Political Action Committee (NCPAC) -- there's something in our newsletter from Hughes Waren about how to make a one-time or recurring contribution to support our efforts to help legislators who are working with us to keep health insurance markets competitive and innovative in the coming years.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 919-491-4321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
David C. Smith
Chair, General Assembly Action / State Legislative Committee