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NH House passes private cancer center proposal

March 21, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—The House has voted to allow a for-profit cancer center to bypass New Hampshire licensing requirements.

The House voted 198-161 to send a bill to the Senate Wednesday that would let the Cancer Treatment Centers of America open a small New Hampshire facility without proving its services are needed and undergoing the same review other hospitals face. The bill covers hospitals with 50 or fewer beds. The bill calls for 65 percent of their patients to come from other states, but there are no penalties for not complying.

The bill also would direct the state to ask the federal government to exempt the facilities from a hospital services tax.

Last week, the House voted to repeal the licensing review process that approves new hospitals and expansions of existing ones.

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