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Sen. Douglas seeks continued study of Kentucky’s certificate of need law

BY: - January 10, 2024

FRANKFORT — Telling a Senate committee Wednesday that “we should not rush” the state’s policy conversations about certificate of need, a central Kentucky lawmaker presented his resolution seeking to reestablish a task force to examine the issue. Sen. Donald Douglas, R-Nicholasville, presented his resolution to the Senate Standing Committee on Health Services. He filed it […]

Birth is ‘normal until it’s not:’ Freestanding birth centers debate continues in Kentucky

BY: - October 16, 2023

Two Kentucky lawmakers who have championed freestanding birth centers said Monday that they have agreed to concessions in their latest proposal, but the head of the state’s hospital association and two OB-GYNs testified that the changes are not enough to protect patients.  Advocates for each side of the years-long debate spoke Monday before the Interim […]

Freestanding birth centers touted to Kentucky lawmakers studying certificate of need law

BY: - September 19, 2023

Kentucky legislators once again heard arguments in favor of removing the state’s certificate of need requirements for freestanding birth centers during a Monday task force meeting. The certificate of need requirement mandates regulatory mechanisms for approving major capital expenditures and projects for certain health care facilities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Sometimes […]