In order to bring down health care costs in NC, the state legislature needs to focus on both supply-side and demand-side health care reforms.

Here is a list of possible supply-side reforms:

  • Create a system for recognizing out-of-state health care licenses.
  • Codify an inclusive definition of telehealth practices and who can use telehealth.
  • Allow for telehealth across state lines.
  • Reject mandates on telehealth coverage or payment.
  • Grant full practice authority to highly trained nursing professionals.
  • Expand pharmacists’ scope of practice to include testing and treating of non-chronic diseases.
  • Repeal Certificate of Need (CON).

To address the demand and coverage options, the General Assembly should consider a state innovation waiver that offers several ways to lower the cost of care expanding the reach of coverage to more individuals.