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Highlights of Legislation Sponsored by Rep. Insko

In the 2013-14 Session, I continued to seek out members of the majority party to be primary sponsor of bills I was asked to file. I also worked hard to build relationship with Republicans interested in collaboration.

I was primary sponsor of bills signed into law that: authorized a district attorney to petition the court to freeze and seize the assets of a person charged with financial exploitation of an elder or disabled adult, established NC Fragile X Awareness Day, and authorized Durham Technical Community College to have two county commissioners on the collegeís board of trustees.

I also filed and advocated for a bill to expand Medicaid to cover people at or below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Senator Tommy Tucker hi-jacked my Music Therapy bill (H292) and turned it into a Moratorium/Lawsuits for School Fund restricting local boards of education from suing county commissioners for lack of funds. Protocol calls for the original bill sponsor to give permission but not only did Senator Tucker not ask my permission, he was the Senate sponsor of the same bill and could have used his own bill

The 2011-12 Session brought big changes. Suddenly the common good meant privatizing education, reduced UNC system funds, rolling back environmental protections, allowing guns in parks and cutting taxes for the wealthy. Stopping bad bills was considered a victory and with Governor Perdue lead in vetoing14 bills, including Voter ID, we were able to do that in many instances.

I was a primary sponsor on HB916, Statewide Expansion of the 1915(b)(c) Waiver, a bill that established public sector Medicaid managed care (MCOs) for people with mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance addiction. The state sets eligibility and provider rates and contracts with the public LME/MCOs to manage a capitated Medicaid budget. The LME/MCOs contract with providers to deliver services based on successful treatment of patients and reduced care in ERs and state institutions.

This system shares some features with Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), a 501(c) 3 agency that assists Medicaid patients to follow their physical health treatment plan, avoid emergency room care and hospital re-admissions.

In the 2009-10 Session, I gained permanent funding for CASTLE, the program that assists deaf children to adjust to their cochlear implants as they transition from deafness to hearing.

I was primary sponsor of the bills signed into law that: established requirements for fire safe cigarettes, authorized the Town of Carrboro to add familial status and disability to the ordinance that prevents discrimination in rental housing, extended unemployment benefits to severely disabled veterans who chose to seek work rather than receive VA compensation, and bills to Honor the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and to Honor the Tar Heels on their 2009 National Championship.

I was also primary sponsor of bills signed into law that: limited adult care homes from caring for patients who needed skilled nursing level of care, required commercial insurance companies to cover treatment for lymphedema, allowed ER doctors to discharge mentally ill patients under certain circumstances, strengthened the authority of the LME/MCOs to inspect provider facilities, directed the Mental Health Commission to establish rules for the licensure and accreditation of treatment facilities for people with traumatic brain injury.

The highlights of the 2007-08 Session included passage of H265, Establish High Risk Pool, a bill I worked on for four years, and the passage of H973, Mental Health Equitable Coverage, a bill I filed with Rep. Martha Alexander.

I was primary sponsor on bills signed into law that established the Silver Alert for missing seniors, Missing Persons alert, increased the criminal penalty for assaulting a resident of a health care or residential facility, authorized Chapel Hill to provide public funds to finance campaigns for Town Council, improved gender equity reporting systems, strengthened the mental health first commitment procedures, and authorized town to provide development incentives for reductions in energy consumptions.

I also obtained funding for El Futuro, a Carrboro based mental health provider with Spanish speaking clinicians, the Carrboro Arts Center, Caramore Community, Cochlear Implants, UNCís Center for Womenís Health Research, and Oasis, a UNC program to identify and treat early onset schizophrenia.

Verla speaks to the Board of the Piedmont Heath Center

The Public Confidence in Elections (H238) bill that passed in the 2005-06 session was a major success. It ensured a paper trail ballot for every voter in the state and fair distribution of the Help American Vote Act money to pay for new voting machines across the entire state. (H355) Child Nutrition Standards was the first major bill passed in the state to address the obesity crisis among our children. I was also successful funding the Mental Health Trust Fund, mental health crisis centers and getting special funding for El Futuro, a multicultural child mental health agency in Carrboro.

In the 2003-04 session, I was primary sponsor of the bill that repealed North Carolinaís involuntary sterilization program and a bill that improved protection for disabled populations and a bill requiring long term care facilities to do criminal background checks on direct care providers.

In the 2001-02 session, HB 381, Mental Health Reform separated mental health services from the management of the money that paid for the services. Public mental health authorities will manage the Medicaid and state mental health dollars and divest the delivery of services to other public or private sector providers. I also sponsored H1515 that created the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services.

My major bill in the 1999-2000 session was H1132, Preserve Farmlands/Small Farms to establish the Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.

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Verla Insko, NC House · 300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 502 LOB · Raleigh, NC 27603-5925 ·
Phone (919) 733-7208 · Mobile (919) 618-9889 · E-mail verla.insko@gmail.com or verla.insko@ncleg.net