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Missouri CON Legislation Would Increase Restrictions

Missouri lawmakers are considering bills to study the effects of certificate of need (CON) laws through 2020 and, in the interim, close a loophole for state-operated hospitals, thereby increasing restrictions on health care providers. Senate Bill 1076, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Parson (R-Polk County), would create a Missouri Task Force on Certificate of Need to develop “a comprehensive proposal to reform existing certificate of need law,” in part by studying other states’ regulations of long...

Colorado Legislators May Push HPF Through Constitutional Loophole

A bill that would exempt Colorado’s Hospital Provider Fee (HPF) program from the state constitution’s Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) has advanced to hearings on the House floor. The House Committee on Appropriations voted 7–6 on March 29 to refer House Bill 1420, sponsored by House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Boulder County) and Sen. Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa County), to the Committee of the Whole. HB 1420 would establish the Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability...

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