DHHS Study of Maternal and Neonatal Care

nc-stampSB 311 – DHHS Study/Maternal and Neonatal Care

Primary Sponsors: Sen. Don Davis (D – Pitt), Sen. Joyce Krawiec (R – Forsyth)

HB 741 – DHHS Study/Maternal and Neonatal Care

Primary Sponsors: Rep. Greg Murphy (R – Pitt), Rep. Beverly Boswell (R – Dare), Rep. Gale Adcock (D – Wake), Rep. Carla Cunningham (R – Mecklenburg)

Bill Summary

This bill would direct the NC Department of Health and Human Services to study issues pertaining to high-quality, risk appropriate maternal and neonatal care. The study would include the following:

  • Complexity levels of care currently being provided by delivering hospitals in caring for birth mothers and newborns;
  • How current systems of referral and transport to different facilities and specialty providers based on patient risk are being managed;
  • Disparities in access to risk-appropriate maternal and hospital care;
  • Service gaps;
  • Issues that impact the ability to most appropriately match patient need with provider skill; and
  • Recommendations for steps that can be taken to ensure that pregnant women receive quality prenatal care, and that mothers and newborns are cared for in a facility that meets their needs.

The Department would make an interim report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly before May 1, 2018. A final report would be given to the 2019 General Assembly.

Bill Movement


This bill was introduced by Rep. Greg Murphy (R – Pitt), in the House Health Committee on April 19, 2017. The bill received a favorable report, and will move to the House floor.

This bill was heard in the House on April 20, 2017. The bill passed with a vote of 115-0, and will now move to the Senate.


This Proposed Committee Substitute passed in the Senate Health Care Committee on June 13, 2018. This bill is calendared to be heard in Senate Rules Committee on June 14, 2018. This bill passed with a vote of 44-0 in the Senate on June 14, 2018. The bill passed this reading and will return to the House for concurrence. The House concurred with this bill and it will now be sent to Governor Cooper.

Governor Cooper signed this bill on June 25, 2018 and it will now be law.


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