Georgia Senate passes certificate of need reform measure

(The Center Square) — The Georgia Senate has passed a measure to reform Georgia’s certificate of need laws.

Lawmakers passed House Bill 1339 by a 43-11 margin. The House overwhelmingly passed the measure last month, and the amended version returns to the House for consideration.

State lawmakers considered removing the mandate last year but didn’t act, and the House and Senate established study committees to explore possible changes to the CON mandate. The Senate study committee recommended lawmakers repeal the mandate, while a House version offered more measured recommendations.

“In Georgia, your zip code should not determine your access to quality healthcare; that includes areas like South Fulton and Cuthbert,” Lt. Governor Burt Jones, a Republican, said in a statement. “The Senate passed a measure today that would ensure that every Georgian, regardless of where they live, would have an opportunity to access quality
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