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  • Summary date: May 2 2024 - View Summary

    Directs the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to study the unmet health and resource needs of pregnant women in the State and the impact of crisis pregnancy centers on the ability of clients to obtain health care information and timely access to a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care services in alignment with their needs and support their personal decision making. Defines "crisis pregnancy center" (center) as a nonprofit organization that is not a hospital, ambulatory surgical facility, or clinic that performs abortions, that holds itself out as a healthcare facility that provides care for pregnant women and other clients. Details 12 required components of the study, including (1) compiling a list of centers operating in the State that receive State-funded grants or direct appropriations; (2) the total amount of State and federal funds or subsidies each center received over the last five years; (3) the services provided and most common at each center; (4) the nature of the information provided to clients or potential clients at centers and the nature of the information included in centers' operational manuals, handbooks and guidelines relating to the provision of health services; and (5) the number of State-certified medical professionals on staff or volunteering at each center, the number of those providing medical services or counseling on site, and the information provided to clients about the presence of professional staff or volunteers. Requires DHHS to complete the study and report to the specified NCGA committee and division by May 1, 2025.

    Appropriates $250,000 in nonrecurring funds to DHHS for 2024-25 to complete the directed study. Authorizes DHHS to use the funds to hire a consultant to assist with the study and report. 

  • Summary date: May 1 2024 - View Summary

    To be summarized.