RALEIGH, N.C. (July 19, 2019)—This week, the North Carolina State Legislature passed S. 523, tax and revenue legislation that includes provisions exempting medically-prescribed diapers and incontinence products covered under North Carolina Medicaid from state sales tax, effective Oct. 1, 2019.

“This is a great win for the industry that was accomplished by the collaborative work of our lobbyist working with AAHomecare, ACMESA and other provider lobbyists,” remarked Gayle Devins, CEO of ActivStyle. “Great things can be accomplished when we work together!”

“ACMESA and leaders in the North Carolina HME community deserve credit for making sure that state legislators understood the need for this common-sense fix that will help medically vulnerable patients and caregivers throughout the state,” added David Chandler, director of payer relations for AAHomecare. “I would like to especially thank ActivStyle and Aeroflow for devoting significant time and energy in advocating for this measure."

The full text of S. 523 can be seen here; the incontinence-related provisions are shown on p. 26-27.

The measure now moves to Governor Cooper for his signature. ACMESA and the industry stakeholder group plan to continue pursuing retroactive relief for incontinence providers in North Carolina.