Certificate of need

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    New bills would eliminate CON laws in NC

    Legislation introduced this week would decrease healthcare costs and increase access to medical care for North Carolinians, by eliminating our backwards and restrictive Certificate of Need (CON) laws. House Bill 410, sponsored by Republicans Kidwell, Hanig, Goodwin and Sasser; along with an identical Senate Bill,…
    Brian Balfour, March 25, 2021
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    1 way to help our friends with mental health or substance abuse issues

    So many families are dealing with it. Someone close to you is troubled to the point that you’re worried about their future. Or your heart aches as you watch a friend spin out of control because of drug addiction. These problems are so widespread that it can appear hopeless. But…
    Donna Martinez, January 27, 2021
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    JLF’s Mitch Kokai Comments on Coronavirus Mitigation Efforts for the Daily Tar Heel

    This week, Brent Van Vliet of the Daily Tar Heel wrote an article about the government’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the article mentions the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” Van Vliet explains: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act focuses on providing paid sick leave and free testing for…
    Brenee Goforth, March 23, 2020
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    R Street Institute Shares CJ Story about CON Laws

    This week, the R Street Institute published an article on the small regulatory reforms states could make to help their citizens during the Coronavirus outbreak. States like Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington have taken steps to reduce regulatory burdens so that medical professionals in other states “can be licensed… as quickly…
    Brenee Goforth, March 19, 2020
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    COVID-19: What’s Been Done, What More The State Should Do

    The John Locke Foundation’s research team is putting out a package of policy recommendations focused on the Coronavirus this week. The schedule of policy briefs is as follows: Monday: (1) Health Care and (2) the State Budget Tuesday: (3) K-12 Education…
    Brenee Goforth, March 17, 2020
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    NC stops telling hospitals they have to ask permission to add more beds, temporarily

    Make no mistake: the state government has no business telling hospitals how many beds they think they need. Why do they do it? Because of Certificate of Need (CON) laws.
    Jon Sanders, March 16, 2020
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    N.C. Is Waiving CON Laws On Hospital Beds Due To Coronavirus

    North Carolina has decided to waive Certificate-of-Need (CON) restrictions on hospital beds in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak explains: The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Thursday, March 12, temporarily lifted a regulation requiring hospitals to get state permission to add beds. The rule said…
    Brenee Goforth, March 16, 2020
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    The Finances of Coronavirus

    The Coronavirus is a serious public health issue, but it is also a serious financial affair. As more states declare a “state of emergency” and the governments flood their treasuries with emergency mitigation funds, this has quickly become a multibillion-dollar affair. JLF’s Joe Coletti broke down some of the numbers…
    Brenee Goforth, March 13, 2020