John Locke Foundation Senior Vice President Becki Gray and Chairman John Hood discuss N.C. budget challenges linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic shutdown. Gray and Hood offered these comments during the June 19, 2020, edition of “NC SPIN.”
N.C. House bill aims at protecting consumers from being financially ruined by medical debt
A North Carolina House bill aimed at protecting consumers from being financially destroyed by medical debt was filed Tuesday, May 24. H.B. 1039, Medical Debt De-Weaponization Act would create a pro-family, anti-poverty consumer protection law geared toward setting transparent parameters around the provision of charity care, limiting the ability of large medical facilities to charge unreasonable interest rates and employ unfair tactics in debt collection.
Senate Republicans back Medicaid expansion, with health care access reforms
The N.C. General Assembly's Senate leadership announced a health care proposal that includes Medicaid expansion under the federal entitlement program, the Affordable Care Act. The bill contains with work requirements for Medicaid expansion enrollees, and measures bill sponsors say would cut regulations on the healthcare industry that limit the number of providers and facilities. State Medicaid expansion could put more than 600,000 able-bodied, working age adults onto taxpayer-funded healthcare program.
N.C. Senate bill looks to help hemp growers, change how farm equipment is repaired
Hemp growers and retailers in North Carolina may be helped by a provision in a Senate bill that was discussed in a Senate committee meeting Tuesday.
N.C. Parent’s Bill of Rights heads to first committee hearing
A "Parent's Bill of Rights" will get its first discussion in committee Wednesday morning in the N.C. Senate. It established a parent's right to request information about what their child is learning in school and other details about how their child and their school are operating. Parents must also be told if their child requests a name or pronoun change, and any other information on their child's physical and mental health. Schools would not be allowed to make gender identity and sexual orientation part of the curriculum before fourth grade, but it would not ban incidental discussion.