Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health (Coalition) announced today it will grade legislators on their commitment to healthcare affordability during the General Assembly’s 2021-2022 legislative sessions. The coalition will score actions on bills that impact healthcare costs. When bills that effect healthcare affordability are filed, amended, or voted on, the Coalition will notify legislators and coalition members that the legislation could be scored.
Issues (among others) likely to be part of the Affordable Healthcare Scorecard include:
- Drug price mandates
- Surprise billing
- Increased Competition through Certificate of Need reform
- Telehealth access and affordability
- Expanded insurance options for individuals and small businesses
“Whether it’s insurance premiums, medical bills or prescription costs, healthcare affordability is one of the biggest issues facing North Carolina families,” said Coalition Executive Director Austin Vevurka. “There are meaningful, specific and, in some cases, overdue steps our General Assembly can take to reduce healthcare costs. This scorecard will help North Carolinians understand who their healthcare affordability champions are in the legislature.”
Scoring will be based on many factors, including:
- Votes on the floor and in committee
- Bill sponsorships & co-sponsorships
- A member’s work and effort throughout the legislative session to support or oppose efforts to lower health care costs.
At the close of the legislative session, each of these factors will be weighed and members will be assigned a grade that may range from A+ to F.
The grades will be released in an “Affordable Healthcare Scorecard” to all legislators, staff, and Coalition members.
The North Carolina Coalition for Fiscal Health is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization committed to supporting policies and efforts that will lower healthcare costs for families and business in North Carolina.