Other new NC laws taking effect with the new year

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Other North Carolina laws taking effect Wednesday will:

— increase the amount a widow or widower can receive from the estate of a deceased spouse for support in the first year after the spouse’s death from $20,000 to $30,000.

— keep jurors who served their full term on a grand jury in state court from being required to serve on any jury for at least six years.

— require health care facilities that perform mammograms to provide information to patients determined to have dense breast tissue that the density may make it more difficult to detect abnormalities and may be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

— prevent the UNC Health Care System and its affiliates and other UNC campus medical schools and practices from using procedures to collect outstanding debts from tax refunds and lottery winnings of debtors.

— require hospitals with electronic health records systems to connect to the North Carolina Health Information Exchange and submit data on services paid for with Medicaid funds. The exchange is designed to make it easier for health care provider to share patient health information.

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Source: General Assembly, NC Health Information Exchange.

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