North Dakota State Legislature: Health care bill scrutinized, livestock bill discussed

Photo by: North Dakota Legislative Branch
Photo by: North Dakota Legislative Branch

(Bismarck, ND) -- Health care and Livestock appear to be taking their place in ongoing discussions during the 68th legislative session in Bismarck.

A bill aimed at providing more health care options for North Dakotans is being met with opposition.

House Bill 1416 states health insurers cannot obstruct a patient's choice by preventing health care providers from participating in insurers' panels of providers. Those opposing the measure argue that patients could receive unexpected charges from their providers. The next hearing on the bill is scheduled for Monday.

In the meantime, Senate Bill 2373 seeks to add a new livestock-friendly designation to the North Dakota Century Code.

The effort is to recognize and assist statewide efforts to develop, maintain, and expand livestock sectors across North Dakota. Under the bill, counties can apply to the livestock commissioner to receive the designation.

A county would be eligible if five standards are met.