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Legislative Update, 05/18/2020

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The NC General Assembly is Back in Raleigh
The North Carolina General Assembly is back at work after holding skeleton sessions for a few weeks following the passage of the COVID-19 recovery package. As always, things are changing rapidly, but here’s what we know (for now):

  • Both chambers plan to pass a series of mini budgets, spending mostly CARES Act funds when possible, due to a projected $4 billion revenue shortfall.
  • No “new” money will be spent and essential and COVID-19 related expenditures will be the priority.
  • The Senate hopes to adjourn before the end of June. The House anticipates adjourning around July 4th.

NCAH’s priorities include:

  • funding for tobacco use prevention and cessation programs;
  • eliminating the reduced-price lunch copay;
  • additional funding for school nutrition program staff, transportation, procurement, and infrastructure needs;
  • additional funding for food banks; 
  • passage of the FIBER Act; and
  • closing the health insurance coverage gap.
NC Alliance for HealthLegislative Update, 05/18/2020