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McCrory signs health care, NC employee bill

RALEIGH, N.C. -

(AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says a new law will help North Carolina consumers make better health care decisions and help his administration run state government more effectively.

McCrory said he signed into law Wednesday a bill that had been sitting on his desk since lawmakers adjourned late last month. He still must act on 34 bills by Sunday night or they'll become law without his signature.

The measure requires hospitals to make public their prices on 140 common services and procedures, which will be posted online. Hospitals also would be unable in some situations to place a lien on someone's house to collect unpaid bills.

The law also seeks to reduce the grievance process for state employees and exempts another 500 positions from the State Personnel Act and its job-protecting rules.

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