The Latest Assisted Living News from the NC General Assembly!
The Latest Assisted Living News from the NC General Assembly!
Legislative Update
News from the NCGA
September 8, 2020
by Frances Messer, NCALA President & CEO
The North Carolina General Assembly met last week on September 2, 2020, to allocate about $1 billion of federal coronavirus relief funds. House Bill 1105 was signed into law by Governor Cooper at 5:30 pm on September 4, 2020.
The North Carolina Assisted Living Association (NCALA) was successful in obtaining $16,167,539 of the federal coronavirus funds for COVID-19 testing, PPE, emergency equipment, and cleaning equipment and solutions. We are especially grateful for the allocation of $750,000 for NCALA to use to facilitate virtual and in-person visitation for our residents and their families.
A link to the entire 52-page bill is below, and we have also pulled out the relevant sections to summarize what this means for you.

HB 1105

SECTION 3.3 (30a) – (on p. 4): “$20,000,000 to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services (DSS), for facilities licensed to accept State-County Special Assistance. These funds shall be used to provide temporary financial assistance in the form of a monthly payment to these facilities to offset the increased costs of serving residents who are recipients of State-County Special Assistance during the COVID-19 emergency. For the period commencing August 1, 2020, and ending December 30, 2020, the amount of the monthly payment authorized by this subdivision shall be equal to two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) per month for each resident of the facility as of the first day of the month who is a recipient of State-County Special Assistance.”
SECTION 3.3 (35a) a. – (on p. 5): “$29,002,617 to be distributed in equal amounts to the nonprofit organizations known as NC Senior Living Association (NCSLA), NC Health Care Facilities Association (NCHCFA), and NC Assisted Living Association (NCALA) to purchase COVID-19 tests that, at a minimum, have been approved for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. NCSLA, NCHCFA, and NCALA shall use at least fifty percent (50%) of their allocated funds to purchase rapid COVID-19 tests for distribution to their member facilities. NCSLA, NCHCFA, and NCALA shall distribute all tests funded by this allocation equally among their member facilities, free of charge, for testing facility staff, residents, and visitors. Each of the member facilities shall reserve the COVID-19 rapid tests received under this subdivision for testing visitors who are family members or legal guardians of residents.”
SECTION 3.3 (114) – (on p. 16): “$750,000 to OSBM to be allocated to North Carolina Assisted Living Association (NCALA), a nonprofit organization, to facilitate safe visitation and communication between residents and family members and to maintain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention infection control guidance and safety standards.”
SECTION 3.3 (114e) – (on p. 17): “$23,000,000 to OSBM, one-half to be allocated to North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association (NCHCFA) and one-quarter each to be allocated to North Carolina Senior Living Association (NCSLA) and North Carolina Assisted Living Association (NCALA). NCHCFA shall use its allocated funds to purchase and distribute, free of charge, to licensed skilled nursing facilities; and NCSLA and NCALA shall use its allocated funds to purchase and distribute, free of charge, to licensed adult care homes and family care homes, as those terms are defined in Article 1 of Chapter 131D of the General Statutes, the following materials to their member facilities:
    a. COVID-19 related supplies and equipment necessary for life safety, health, and sanitation, such as ventilators, touch-free thermometers, gowns, disinfectant, and sanitizing wipes.
    b. Personal protective equipment, such as surgical and respiratory masks and gloves, that meets Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards and guidelines. NCSLA and NCALA shall collaborate together to assure equitable distribution of the materials described in this subdivision to adult care homes and family care homes.”
For more information about the North Carolina General Assembly, or to identify your legislators, please visit www.ncleg.net. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please contact NCALA.
(919) 467-2486
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