Americans for Prosperity Applauds Bipartisan Certificate-of-Need Transparency Effort

Jun 22, 2021 by AFP

Grassroots group says bill package will shine light on healthcare bureaucracy 

Lansing, MI — Americans for Prosperity-Michigan (AFP-MI) applauded four bills introduced today in the Michigan House that will help policymakers understand how the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) commission impacts access, cost, and quality of health care in the state.

Sponsored by Representatives Bronna Kahle (R-Adrian), David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), Andrew Beeler (R-Port Huron), and Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette), the package consists of HB 5074 through HB 5077. The bills will require timely public access to the CON commission’s meeting materials and reports. It will also require a joint committee of the legislature appointed to oversee the commission to meet at least once annually to review the commission’s activities and its impact on Michigan’s health care market.

AFP-MI Community Engagement Director Diana Prichard had this to say: 

“Consumer choice has driven innovation and excellence throughout human history and our healthcare market is no exception. If we want every Michigander to have access to affordable, high-quality health care of their choosing in the future, we must have a clear and consistent understanding of how current laws are impacting the market today.

“AFP-MI is proud of the legislature’s continued bipartisan commitment to increasing transparency at all levels of government. We applaud Representatives Kahle, LaGrand, Beeler, and Cambensy on their efforts and look forward to seeing these bills through the legislative process.”