One of the major fights expected to occupy Georgia lawmakers this year is the high-stakes battle over the state’s Certificate of Need law for hospitals and health care facilities.
It is quite complicated, but the rule basically says organizations that want to build or expand a hospital, for instance, have to prove to the state that there is a need for the new facility in the area where it will be built.
The fight over CON has been waged under the Gold Dome in years past, but this year it is expected to be especially intense — and expensive, with lobbyists on both sides working overtime.
The outcome of the CON fight will affect nearly every Georgian. But who are the main combatants? And what arguments are they making?
On “All Things Considered,” WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Andy Miller, editor of Georgia Health News, who also broke down the recent lawsuit brought by some WellStar Health System patients against the insurance giant Anthem.