NCMS Priorities Set As Legislative Short Session Begins May 16

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Legislative Cabinet met last month to finalize the legislative priorities in advance of the opening of the General Assembly’s Short Session on May 16. The priorities remain consistent with those pursued during last year’s long session. They are:

Medicaid reform: We are working hard to ensure a streamlined and physician-friendly approach to the transformation of the state’s Medicaid program to managed care.

Improved access to care: We support expanding Medicaid so the working poor and those who can’t afford health insurance have the opportunity to get coverage and thus remove barriers to receiving health care.

Scope of practice: We are promoting cooperative health care teams that are crucial to the success of the transformation of our health care system while making sure that everyone on the team has the proper training. Patient safety is, of course, our top priority.

Protecting our tort reform victory: We will vehemently oppose any erosion of the reforms we won in 2011 while considering any necessary refinements.

Opioid abuse epidemic: We will continue to address this issue by advocating for policies that address all facets of this problem as well as the various education and coalition building initiatives we have underway.

The NCMS offers many ways to keep up to date on what is happening throughout the session.

  • Read the NCMS Legislative Blog for daily updates throughout the session.
  • Follow @ncmedsoc on Twitter and Facebook for real time updates.
  • Watch the weekly ‘Bowtie Briefing’ video during the session, in which our Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Advancement and Associate General Counsel Chip Baggett gives you the inside look at what is happening at the General Assembly. This video is emailed to NCMS members each Friday.
  • Read the NCMS Bulletin every other Wednesday.
  • If you want to be directly engaged with your legislators, sign up for a White Coat Wednesday. Our advocacy team will brief you over breakfast and then escort you to the legislative building for meetings with your legislators to discuss what is important to you and your patients. Sign up now.

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