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Bill would repeal NH certificate of need board

April 22, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire's Senate is considering whether to repeal the process that approves new hospitals and expansions of existing ones, including purchases of costly equipment.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on a House-passed bill to repeal the certificate of need board. The board's goal is to manage health costs, but repeal supporters argue the certificate of need process hinders competition that would drive down costs.

Opponents say the conditions do not exist yet for a competitive health care market to work the way bill sponsors hope.

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