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Senate Takes Bold Step Toward Better Health Care with Passage of Certificate of Need Reform

Feb 26, 2020 by AFP

Lansing, Mich. – Americans for Prosperity-Michigan today applauded the Senate’s passage of legislation that will roll back Certificate of Need (CON) regulations on key health care services, including psychiatric beds, air ambulance and covered capital expenditures.

Annie Patnaude, state director for the grassroots group, issued the following statement:

“The Senate took a bold step today to improve health care access and lower costs for Michigan patients by reforming our state’s Certificate of Need regime.

“These bills acknowledge the simple principle that patients and health care providers should be empowered to make decisions about where to seek and offer care. A bureaucratic board most Michiganders are unaware exists should not stand in the way.

“Under current law, health care providers have to seek a permission slip before they can offer life-saving, life-changing services such as air ambulance or new psychiatric beds. The legislation passed today would roll back these excessive requirements that stand in between patients and their care.”

“We applaud Senator Curt VanderWall, Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and bill sponsors Lana Theis and Michael MacDonald for their leadership on this issue.”