Dump Health Care 'Need' Certifying Law, FTC Urges Alaska

Law360 (March 29, 2019, 7:58 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission has reiterated its stance that Alaska should repeal a law that makes health care providers seek state approval for major expansions, saying the statute hurts competition and doesn't work as intended.

Much as the agency did just over a year ago, FTC staffers testified before state lawmakers to lay out their view that Alaska's so-called "certificate of need" law fails to live up to its goals of protecting consumers from unexpected costs following steep outlays on health facilities.

Backing a CON repeal bill in the Alaska Senate, the staffers said in prepared remarks for a state Senate...

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