The Senate Health Committee met June 14, 2016, and discussed a total repeal of the state's Certificate of Need ("CON") law. The Committee discussed a change to House Bill 161, which was originally slated to adopt the bobcat as the official state cat, to substitute legislation repealing the CON Act (Chapter 131E, Article 9 of the General Statutes) in its entirety to be effective January 1, 2021. There was strong support among some committee members for the repeal, with others expressing a preference for more targeted reform rather than a full-scale repeal. The Committee also heard from the public, with the John Locke Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, and a few physicians expressing strong support for the repeal, while the North Carolina Hospital Association, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, and the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists expressed concerns about the actual impact a repeal might have on the cost and access to services, particularly in rural communities.
The Committee did not take up a vote on the proposed substitution and set no timeline for future debate or a vote. We will keep an eye on the Committee's agenda and share information as we learn it.