Governor Palin Introduces
the Health Care Transparency Act
January 22, 2008
(SitNews) - Governor Sarah Palin on Friday introduced the Alaska
Health Care Transparency Act which will provide more effective
tools to help Alaskans access affordable health care, and to
ensure our health care system is responsive to changing demographics
and market conditions.
The Act includes some recommendations from the Health Care Strategies
Planning Council and the Health and Social Services Certificate
of Need Negotiated Rule Making Committee.
The bill would establish an
Alaska health care information office to give consumers factual
information on quality, cost and other important matters to help
them make better-informed decisions about health care in the
state. Recognizing that health care must be market-and business-driven,
rather than restricted by government, Governor Palin is proposing
a repeal of the Certificate of Need program (CON).
CON is a regulatory process that requires certain health care
providers to obtain state approval before offering certain new
or expanded services.
Health and Social Services Commissioner Karleen Jackson concluded
that the CON program does not benefit the citizens of Alaska,
given the litigious environment surrounding it.
"I thank the members of these two committees," Governor
Palin said. "They worked diligently to evaluate the broad
spectrum of the health care system in our state. After reviewing
their work, I am establishing the Alaska Health Care Commission
to further health care planning from a statewide perspective,
by building on the work they have done."
Representative Bob Lynn (R-Anchorage)
said, "I was pleased that Governor Palin made special mention
in her State of the State address of eliminating the so-called
'Certificate of Need,'' said Rep. Lynn. "I am also pleased
the governor has put her words into action by sponsoring a bill
that does just that. As far as I'm concerned, a better name for
the CON is a 'Certificate of Monopoly.'
"I have been an advocate of eliminating the Certificate
of Monopoly for several years. I'm an issue person. Let's pass
legislation to get the job done. That's what's important."
On the Web:
The reports from the two committees
are available online at: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/commissioner/legislature/
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