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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, June 30, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017


June 30, 2017


Vote on Affordable Care Act Delayed until after Independence Day Holiday


The United States Senate pulled back on efforts to pass legislation before the July 4th recess that would have repealed significant portions of the Affordable Care Act. The bill (as introduced) would cut Medicare spending by $772 billion over 10 years, according to the CBO, and reduce health care tax credits by about $408 billion. It would also reduce taxes and penalties by more than $700 billion, mostly in the form of “repealing or modifying tax provisions in the ACA that are not directly related to health insurance coverage, including repealing a surtax on net investment income and repealing annual fees imposed on health insurers.” We’ll keep you informed as the Senate continues efforts after the break. For additional information about the process, please click here.

General Assembly Overrides Governor's Budget Veto

The North Carolina General Assembly earlier this week successfully overrode Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 257 (the state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year). Please see our June 23, 2017 Member Update for detailed information on the budget. Two items that stayed in the final version of the bill that are of special significance: first, the moratorium on special care units has been extended to June 30, 2019; second, the state will conduct a study of PACE programs in the state, including a statewide assessment of long-term care needs over the next 10 years, broken down by county.

Senate Approves New Annual Filing Requirement for Nonprofits

At press time, the North Carolina Senate has approved and forwarded to the House a bill (S.114) that would create a new annual filing requirement for nonprofits that are incorporated in North Carolina. The annual filing would be done online, and nonprofits would not be charged a fee. The House Finance committee is currently considering its adoption. Our friends at the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits observe that “the annual reporting would help protect the integrity of the nonprofit sector and could help preserve nonprofit tax exemption. Unlike virtually every other state, nonprofits incorporated in North Carolina don't file basic annual reports. This means that many defunct nonprofits continue to be incorporated in North Carolina, which could create fraud that would jeopardize the integrity of all nonprofits. The potential for abuse in the current system has led some elected officials to question the merits of nonprofit tax exemption. Currently, more than 120,000 nonprofits are incorporated in North Carolina, but only about 36,000 tax-exempt organizations file some variation of the Form 990 with the IRS.”

Senate Finance Committee Approves Nonprofit Fundraising Bill

Earlier this week the North Carolina Senate Finance Committee approved a bill (H. 511) to expand options for nonprofit fundraising events in several ways. The bill would:

1. Increase the number of raffles nonprofits can hold each year from two to four;
2. Clarify that local affiliates of national or statewide nonprofits can each hold up to four raffles per year;
3. Increase the maximum cash prizes for raffles to $250,000 per year for every nonprofit conducting raffles;
4. Allow nonprofits to raffle or auction alcoholic beverages in their original closed containers;
5. Simplify the process for nonprofits to reapply for special one-time alcohol permits for fundraising events; and
6. Allow nonprofits to conduct up to four "game nights" or "casino nights" per year. These fundraising events are currently illegal in North Carolina, although this law is not consistently enforced throughout the state and many nonprofits host "casino nights." Under the proposal, nonprofits would be permitted to sell alcohol at these fundraising events and would need to obtain permits from the Department of Public Safety. The bill provides greater clarity and uniformity for these types of nonprofit fundraising events.

Members Gather for HUD 202 Rally

Earlier this week hundreds of LeadingAge members, older adults, and partners participated in the “Save HUD 202 Rally” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. At the rally, participants heard from members of the Senate and Congress, residents, and providers including our own Steve Fleming of The Well-Spring Group who is quoted in this article from The Washington Times. We raised our voices together to protect and expand affordable housing for older adults. This federal program serves 400,000 very low-income older adults who have an average income of $13,000/year. If the proposed federal budget cuts go through residents face skyrocketing rent, massive waiting lists to access the program, and significant barriers to life’s basic needs.

You can show your support for HUD 202 by posting your own message on the social media platform of your choice. Please use #SaveHUD202 to join the campaign’s conversation on social media.

We also hope you will watch and share LeadingAge national’s Facebook livestream video of the event.

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