Leaders of the NC General Assembly in Raleigh released the conference committee report for the budget rectifying differences between the House and Senate yesterday. The latest proposal contains several positives but also a number of anticipated hurdles. While its overall impact on healthcare is still being determined, the proposal did clarify one thing: Medicaid expansion is still on-hold. The positives include new funding to build a new medical school building at ECU and funding increases to select state AHECs, as well as the rural loan repayment program for health care providers. Hurdles center on some specific cuts to the DHHS budget, particularly in the context of Medicaid Transformation. The proposal also contains a provision that would move DHHS headquarters from Raleigh to Granville County.
It is widely anticipated that Governor Cooper will veto the proposal once approved by both chambers given the absence of Medicaid expansion.
Stay tuned for additional updates as the NCAFP monitors progress and developments.