Certificate of need

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    Local Doctor Sues the State over “Arcane” CON Laws

    This week, the Winston-Salem Journal published a piece on Dr. Gajendra Singh, a surgeon providing low-cost screenings and health care services. According to the story: [Singh is] suing the state over arcane rules that basically allow it to control the marketplace through a monopoly rather than patients/consumers and old-fashioned competition.
    Brenee Goforth, August 13, 2019
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    CON reform moving

    Certificate of Need reform in the North Carolina General Assembly saw some movement last night. House Bill 126, which was rewritten to include CON reform, passed out of the Senate Health Committee and was sent to the Rules Committee. The NC Senate is…
    Jordan Roberts, July 16, 2019
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    Florida legislature repeals CON laws

    When Florida is in the news, it usually a national political story such as the Bush v. Gore recount from the 2000 election or something bizarre such as this recent story where police responded to a disturbance call and found an intoxicated gentleman who told police he was…
    Jordan Roberts, May 1, 2019
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    States moving on AHPs, CON

    The Affordable Care Act regulates much of how state health insurance markets are allowed to operate. However, states still have some policy levers to use to reform their healthcare markets. Certificate of need reform and association health plans are two of those tools. The state…
    Jordan Roberts, February 21, 2019
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    Giving North Carolinian’s more healthcare choices: Part 1

    A new report from the federal government outlines recommendations for how to reform America’s health care system. Together, the secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor layout state-level policies that can be reversed or changed to allow for more freedom, competition,…
    Jordan Roberts, December 4, 2018
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    CON laws have long been used to prevent “ruinous competition”

    Recently, I’ve been going through the available research on Certificate-of-Need (CON) laws and their effects. CON laws are most often associated with attempting to restrict the supply of health care in order to control costs by reducing the amount of duplicate and unused services. In order to be…
    Jordan Roberts, September 24, 2018
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    North Carolina’s restrictive CON law in the news

    Reforming CON is a perennial policy issue for the John Locke Foundation. We have been informing North Carolinians about their Certificate of Need laws for years and years.
    Jon Sanders, August 24, 2018
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    Study: Repealing Antiquated N.C. Law Will Lower Costs and Boost Access to Medical Care

    Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on a Mercatus Center study of North Carolina’s Certificate-of-Need law — a law most states have repealed. A typical North Carolina medical patient would save nearly $300 a year and have more competitive options for lower-cost treatment if outdated regulations didn’t exist, research shows.
    Donna Martinez, September 15, 2017