Legislation Now

Legislation Now: Featuring updates on state legislation

Legislation NowBills that moved this week

Jan. 15, 2021:

  • Certificate of need: The first week of legislative session has seen many bills introduced for consideration. Among those is a bill to eliminate Iowa’s certificate-of-need process. The bill, Senate File 4, was introduced by Sen. Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale). The bill would completely remove the process. The bill has not been set for subcommittee, and IHA will remain vigilant for any movement related to it this session. Please reach out to Kim Murphy at murphyk@ihaonline.org with questions or concerns.
  • Hospital price transparency: Monday, Jan. 11, legislation in the Senate was introduced that would require hospitals to report prices on services charged before negotiations or discounts. Senate File 5 would require hospitals to post on their websites the prices of the 25 most-common health care services provided by the hospitals as well as the 75 most-common inpatient and 75 most-common outpatient services provided by the hospitals. This bill has been assigned to a subcommittee, but a subcommittee meeting has not been scheduled.

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