Health mandate coverage clouds NC session opening

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers returning to Raleigh for this year’s session are already entangled in disputed legislation before the first gavel falls.

A study committee examining the effects of the federal health care overhaul on North Carolina planned to try again to meet Wednesday morning after failing to draw enough members Tuesday to perform business. Several House members stayed away because they don’t like a bill that would place an 18-month moratorium on new insurance mandates while they’re being studied.

Rep. Charles Jeter of Huntersville says the bill is a problem because it could conflict with another bill that passed the House in 2013 that would require health insurance providers to cover autism diagnosis and treatment. The Senate hasn’t yet heard that bill.

The full General Assembly convenes at midday Wednesday.

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