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Legislative Update, 05/02/2020

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NC General Assembly Passes COVID-19 Recovery Package

The North Carolina General Assembly unanimously passed a COVID-19 recovery package on Saturday, May 2, after 5-days in session. The package appropriates only federal funding, which was provided to the State in the CARES Act, the $2 trillion dollar recovery bill Congress passed in late March. North Carolina’s recovery package totals around $1.5 billion. Governor Cooper is expected to sign the package quickly.

Key provisions that align with NCAH’s requests include:

  • $6,000,000 for the North Carolina Feeding the Carolinas food banks (DHHS also has the discretion to provide some additional funding to the food banks) ;
  • $75,000,000 for school nutrition programs;
  • $125,000,000 for small business assistance;
  • $2,500,000 for Reinvestment Partners’ produce prescription program;
  • $9,000,000 for the GREAT program to increase access to broadband.

The NCGA also passed a separate policy bill. A summary of those provisions is available here. The House will hold skeleton sessions for the next two weeks, returning on May 18, to consider additional recovery funding as well as items that would normally be considered during legislative short session.

We want to thank all of our members and partners for their hard work over the past few weeks. NCAH will continue to work with members and partners to develop COVID-19-related policy recommendations for the upcoming short session, as well as advocating for the items on our 2020 policy agenda.

NC Alliance for HealthLegislative Update, 05/02/2020