Senate Reintroduces Certificate of Need Legislation

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A package of Certificate of Need (CON) bills originally considered during the 2019-2020 legislative session was reintroduced in the Senate during the week of Feb. 22. Senate Bills (SBs) 181, 182 and 183 would implement the CON reforms that the governor pocket vetoed during the last lame-duck session. The bills were introduced by Sens. Curt VanderWall (R-Ludington), Lana Theis (R-Brighton) and Michael MacDonald (R-Macomb Township).

The proposed reforms would increase the threshold for capital expenditures, increase the number of members on the CON Commission, remove air ambulance services from CON and remove psychiatric beds from CON oversight in certain situations.

The MHA does not anticipate taking a position on the package as introduced. Members with questions can contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.