On June 7, 2023, the Connecticut Legislature passed HB6669, “An Act Protecting Patients and Prohibiting Unnecessary Health Care Costs” (“the Act”). The Act implements legislative initiatives announced earlier this week that are the product of collaboration between Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and the Connecticut Hospital Association, as well as other health care stakeholders. Governor Lamont is expected to sign the Act but has not done so as of this publication.
Of particular note, the Act makes changes to Connecticut’s certificate of need (CON) process that are summarized below, including new notice requirements for applicants, and new deadlines for the Office of Health Strategy (OHS). Importantly, all of the following changes will take effect October 1, 2023, absent an unexpected veto of the Act by the Governor.
New OHS Deadlines:
New CON Public Notice Requirements:
Expanded OHS Oversight and Enforcement Authorities:
Clarifying When CON Applications are Required:
The Act also makes various changes to other Connecticut health care laws. Those changes will be discussed in detail in future Health Law Diagnosis posts.