SUPPORT: Senate Bill 48 will help create an environment where competition can lead to lower prices and better services for patients.
Senate Bill 48 would repeal our state’s outdated Certificate of Need (CON) laws. CON limits the number of medical facilities that can operate in any given area. For a new clinic to enter the market, it must petition the government and demonstrate a “need” for another facility of its type. This limits the kind of competition that can drive costs down and increase access to important care. While targeted CON reforms may be preferable, removing the laws from the books is a far better outcome for consumers than the status quo. Actions related to this bill will be factored into a member’s Affordable Healthcare Grade at the close of the legislative session.