Certificate of Need law could be gone in a year

Compromise: Critics of the CON law say large established hospitals that have an interest in limiting competition have too much control over the board.

By TED SIEFER
State House Bureau

CONCORD — House and Senate negotiators wrestled on Tuesday over whether to immediately abolish the board charged with approving new medical facilities or to give it a temporary reprieve. House sponsors of HB 1617 want the Certificate of Need (CON) law repealed, while the Senate has voted to repeal the law in five years, in part to expedite reforms.

At a committee of conference meeting Tuesday, the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Marilinda Garcia, R-Salem, proposed a compromise: repealing the CON law in one year.

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