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2019 Senate Bill 672: Revise state hospital rationing detail (“certificate of need”)
Introduced by Sen. Curt VanderWall (R) on December 4, 2019
To exempt psychiatric hospitals or units from the rationing restrictions imposed under a state Certificate of Need law that requires medical service providers to get permission from a panel of existing providers before investing in a new or expanded facilities. In return for the exemption psychiatric hospitals and units would have to maintain half the beds for "public patients," defined as ones receiving social welfare benefits, or subject to a treatment order signed by a clinical psychiatrist, or deemed by a court to be a threat to themselves or others.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee on December 4, 2019