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North Carolina Legislative Report - October 31, 2014

October 18- 31, 2014

The General Assembly adjourned “sine die” on Wednesday, August 20.  During the interim, the MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed biweekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the state.

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Committee Reports

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization Subcommittee

On Monday, October 20, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization Subcommittee held a public hearing to receive input with respect to ideas for Medicaid reform and a possible reorganization of the State entity responsible for administering the State Medicaid program.  For approximately 1.5 hours, the Committee heard from a variety of stakeholders about various proposals.  Brief committee discussion followed, but there was no formal presentation for the meeting.

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Medicaid and Health Administration Subcommittee

On Monday, October 20, the Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Medicaid and Health Administration Subcommittee held a brief meeting.  Steve Owen of the Fiscal Research Division gave an explanation of the year-end financial status of the State Medicaid program.  The program had a cash balance of $63.6 million at the end of the 2013-14 State fiscal year.  However, the General Assembly estimated that the program would have unpaid claims of $136.5 million at the end of the year leaving it with a budget deficit of just under $73 million.  This still compares favorably with past years when the program finished the year with a budget deficit in excess of $400 million.  Next, Pamela Taylor of the Program Evaluation Division gave an overview of the nine administrative functions that, under federal law, each state must provide for its Medicaid program and an explanation of which agencies in North Carolina had responsibility for all or part of each of those functions.

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Medicaid and Health Administration Subcommittee

The Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Medicaid and Health Administration Subcommittee met on Monday, October 27.  The subcommittee agreed to further consider a proposal to keep Medicaid under the Department of Health and Human Services but governed by an independent board.  The subcommittee is expected to continue to evaluate the proposal and develop more specifics with the input of stakeholders.  John Turcotte, Director of the Program Evaluation Division, also gave a presentation on proposed performance measures for the Medicaid program.

In The News

Associated Press: NC in-person early voting reaching toward 700,000

WNCN: McCrory considering Medicaid expansion

Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina leaps to No. 16 in business tax ranking

Asheville Citizen-Times: Duke: WNC can't move beyond coal

Charlotte Observer: Uber points to DC regulations as model for Charlotte

TWC News: NC US Senate Campaigning Exceeds $100 Million

Charlotte Business Journal: Operations at Philip Morris site could grow to 6,000 employees

WRAL: Stam: Lottery ads misleading

Charlotte Observer: NC expects incentive payback if Chiquita moves

Wilmington Star: N.C. regulators give OK to gas pipeline

Associated Press: Film industry advocates doubt new incentives will bring in much business

Calendar

Wed, November 05, 2014

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Medicaid and Health Administration

544 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee -- CORRECTED

643 LOB

Mon, November 10, 2014

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Medicaid and Health Administration

544 LOB

Wed, November 12, 2014

9:00 AM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services, Medicaid Reform/DMA Reorganization Subcommittee -- CANCELLED

643 LOB

10:00 AM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Unemployment Insurance

544 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Medicaid and Health Administration

1228/1327 LB

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Administrative Procedure Oversight Committee

544 LOB

Thu, November 13, 2014

10:00 AM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Child Support

421 LOB

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety

643 LOB

Mon, November 17, 2014

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on Medicaid and Health Administration

544 LOB

Tue, November 18, 2014

9:00 AM

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

643 LOB

9:30 AM

Revenue Laws Study Committee

544 LOB

Wed, November 19, 2014

1:00 PM

Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee

544 LOB

Wed, December 10, 2014

9:00 AM

Environmental Review Commission

544 LOB

Tue, December 16, 2014

1:00 PM

House Study Committee on Education Innovation (2013) -- CORRECTED

643 LOB

Wed, January 14, 2015

9:00 AM

Session Convenes (House)

House

9:00 AM

Session Convenes (Senate)

Senate

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