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Nashville, TN – Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF), today, released a report revealing that Tennessee’s certificate of need (CON) law, over the last two decades, has denied $1.5 billion in new investment in the health care industry, adversely affecting patients in the Volunteer State. AFPF urges the elimination or substantial reduction of Tennessee’s CON program. More than a dozen states have already done so, resulting in improved health care access and quality. Most recently, South Carolina repealed its CON law last year, a model for Tennessee to follow.
“Tennessee’s CON regime is costly, unnecessary, and harms patients by restricting access to health care services. Our report highlights how Tennessee’s CON law needlessly delays development of critical care provisions. Americans for Prosperity Foundation calls for comprehensive reform to promote competition, innovation, and better health care outcomes for Tennesseans,” said State Director for Americans for Prosperity Foundation Tennessee, Tori Venable.
Background: Tennessee’s CON law, enacted fifty years ago, mandates approval from the state before health care providers can add or expand facilities, services, or equipment. Despite substantial evidence suggesting CON laws are ineffective at controlling costs or ensuring access to health care, Tennessee’s program persists. While the Tennessee General Assembly reformed the CON law in 2021, Americans for Prosperity Foundation contends that these changes are arbitrary and insufficient. The labyrinth of red tape and inefficiencies persist, limiting health care access and hindering competition.
For more information, visit americansforprosperity.org/permission-to-care.
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