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Information for Members Who Are Attending LPCANC Advocacy Day on June 11

We look forward to seeing you bright and early for the LPCANC Legislative Breakfast and Advocacy Day on Tuesday, June 11.  The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. in the Legislative Cafeteria.  Please plan to arrive by 7:15 a.m. The Legislative Cafeteria is on the lowest level of the Legislative Building located at 16 West Jones Street, Raleigh.  Once you get passed security at the entrance of the Legislative Building, the security guards can point you in the direction of the Legislative Cafeteria.  There is a parking lot for paid parking located on Jones Street just beyond the Legislative Building.  

Legislators will be invited to attend the breakfast, so this is a good opportunity for members to meet legislators during the breakfast.  Attire for the breakfast is business professional or business casual.  We will provide copies of talking points for members to use during their legislative visits throughout the day.  After breakfast, we will disperse and visit individual legislators and committee meetings.  You can also stay to see the full Senate and House in session if they hold session that day.  Given the number of LPCs and LPCAs who are participating this year, we ask that you directly reach out to your State House Representative and Senator before June 11th to set up meetings with your legislators.  If you do not know who your State House and State Senate legislators are, you can find that information and their contact information by putting your home address in the look-up fields via the following website:  Make sure you look up NC House and NC Senate instead of Congress because Congressional offices are located in Washington, D.C. and not in the Legislative Building in Raleigh.  If you have any difficulties getting an appointment with your House and Senate members, please let us know.

Please also mark your calendar for the Advocacy Day Training call on Monday, May 20 at 12 p.m.  

Advocacy Day Training Session with Lobbyist, Ashley Perkinson
May 20, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Please visit & join the meeting space from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 359-208-717

Our 2019 Legislative Priorities are as follows:

LPCANC’s Advocacy Priorities for 2019

1.  LPCANC supports a delay of the requirement that all healthcare providers who receive state funds must connect to NC HealthConnex by June 2019 in order to receive payments for services provided.  The NC Health Information Exchange Connectivity Feasibility Study released on July 25, 2018 by the NC Department of Information Technology, the NC Department of Health and Human Service, and the State Health Plan, recommends that the HIE requirement for behavioral health providers be delayed until at least 2020. According to the Study, 35% of providers do not have the technology to meet the pending mandate to connect. LPCANC is concerned that many licensed behavioral health professionals, including licensed professional counselors, will decide to no longer provide services to Medicaid, Health Choice and State Health Plan patients causing hardship to those covered by these plans.   On March 27, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted 110 to 0 in support of HB 70, Delay NC HealthConnex for Certain Providers. The bill would extend the deadline that LPCs must connect to the HIE to June 1, 2020, and allow for application for extension of time until 2021.  The bill would also allow providers to apply for a hardship exemption including a provider’s impending retirement or closure; lack of access to affordable broadband capacity adequate to support implementation of electronic health record technology and connection to the HIE Network; lack of financial flexibility to acquire and implement health information technology solutions needed to connect to the HIE Network; and when exclusion of the provider from Medicaid would result in a lack of access to care under the Department’s network adequacy standards.  If the bill passes, the process for granting a hardship exception will include a written request by the provider to the Department setting forth the specific bases for, and nature of, the asserted hardship.  
The primary House sponsors of House Bill 70 are Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Donna White, Rep. Greg Murphy, and Rep. Donny Lambeth.  The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Please take the time to thank the bill’s primary sponsors and co-sponsors and also reach out to your state Senator to ask that he or she support HB 70.  

2.  LPCANC supports efforts to expand opportunities for LPCs in the area of telehealth like House Bill 555Modernize Medicaid Telemedicine Policies.  This bill would add LPCs as providers eligible to bill Medicaid or NC Health Choice for telemedicine.  This bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 108 to 2 and now moves to the Senate for consideration.  HB 555 is sponsored by Rep. Josh Dobson, Rep. Donna Whilte, Rep. Jason Saine and Rep. Donny Lambeth.  

3. LPCANC opposes efforts to consolidate behavioral health licensing boards. The behavioral healthcare professions are each distinct and separate in training, curriculum and standards, ethics codes, accrediting bodies, scope of practice, and treatment modalities. 

4. LPCANC supports improvements to Medicaid managed care. As the North Carolina General Assembly looks at the framework of Medicaid transformation, LPCANC supports efforts to cut down unnecessary paperwork and administrative expenses for LPCs who provide Medicaid services. LPCANC also supports adequate Medicaid reimbursement rates for quality behavioral health services.  LPCANC supports House Bill 471 Reduce Admin. Duplication MH/DD/SAS Providers.  This bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a workgroup to examine and make recommendations about how to eliminate administrative duplication for mental health, intellectual/developmental disability, and substance use disorder providers.  HB 471 has passed the House but has yet to pass the Senate.  
The primary sponsors of HB 471 are Rep. Jon Hardister, Rep. Donna White, Rep. Josh Dobson, and Rep. Gale Adcock.  

Another key bill we are monitoring is House Bill 678.  House Bill 678, "An Act to Amend the Licensed Professional Counselors Act; to Update and Revise the Substance Abuse Professional Practice Act; and to Amend the Social Worker Certification and Licensure Act”, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 114 to 0 and now moves to the Senate.  This bill would change the name of the NC Board of Licensed Professional Counselors to the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, allow the Board to create a program for licensees who may be experiencing mental health concerns and allow the Board to enter into reciprocity agreements with other states.  The bill was amended on to add two news sections which would amend various provisions of the Social Worker Practice Act and Substance Abuse Professional Practice Act.  The proposed change to the Substance Abuse Professional Practice Act would change the name of its board to the North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board and make changes to the Social Worker Practice Act to be in compliance with its national exam.

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