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  • Summary date: May 2 2024 - View Summary

    Enacts Article 1O to GS Chapter 90, titled Assisted Reproductive Technology. Bars the State or any political subdivision thereof from prohibiting, unreasonably limiting, or interfering with: (1) a patient's right to access assisted reproductive technology; (2) a health care provider's right to provide or assist with the provision of evidence-based information related to assisted reproductive technology; and (3) a health care provider's right to perform or assist with the performance of assisted reproductive technology. Defines "assisted reproductive technology" to mean all treatments or procedures that include the handling of human oocytes or human embryos, including in vitro fertilization, gamete intrafallopian transfer, and zygote intrafallopian transfer. Also defines "health care provider" and "health care service". Prohibits considering a fertilized human egg or human embryo that exists in any form outside of the uterus of a human body as an unborn fetus, an unborn child, a minor child, a natural person, or any other term connotating a legal human being. Specifies that the new Article does not prohibit the enforcement of health and safety laws related to the operation of health care facilities or the provision of health care services by health care providers.

    Appropriates $500,000 in recurring funds to the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Benefits for 2024-25 to be used to increase funding for Medicaid maternal support services (Baby Love program) and provide a State match to the specified amount of federal funding, also appropriated to the Division for the same purpose. Effective July 1, 2024.