At the end of the second full week of Session, NC legislators had filed more than 100 bills – a quarter of which the NCMS is tracking due to the potential impact to the medical community. Four of these bills experienced significant movement this week:
Late Thursday, the Senate Judiciary 1 Committee Chair Peter S. Brunstetter (R, Forsyth) announced the committee would take up SB 33, Medical Liability Reform on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 10:00 am, in the Legislative Office Building. Sen. Brunstetter said the bill will be introduced and discussed, but no vote will be taken. Public testimony will be heard on Thursday, February 17, 2011. At the same time, be watching for additional information on the NCMS Website, http://www.ncmedsoc.org/, and in special NCMS Alerts.
SB 58 proposes to eliminate the pending $26 million (4%) cut on Medicaid Provider Rates that was passed during the 2010 budget cycle and proposed to take effect on March 1st. The bill does not protect physicians from further cuts during the upcoming 2011-2012 budget process.
Senate Bill 13 has passed both chambers of the General Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk just as she announced that the projected revenue shortfall would be about $1 billion less than what was originally anticipated.