Rep. Bishop Introduces Bill to Help Hospitals Ramp-Up for Coronavirus Response

March 24, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-09) released the following statement on the introduction of his bill, the Increasing Hospital Capacity to Fight the Coronavirus Act of 2020.  Congressmen Jim Banks (IN-03) and Ted Budd (NC-13) co-sponsored the legislation, which will ease the burden of states as they rapidly expand healthcare capacity to confront COVID-19.

“We must give healthcare providers every possible tool in the fight against coronavirus, or COVID-19,” said Rep. Bishop. “Ensuring states aren’t penalized for increasing healthcare capacity gives hospitals and providers the needed flexibility to ramp-up treatment as coronavirus spreads. I am grateful to have the support of Representatives Banks and Budd on this critical effort and urge my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to swiftly pass this measure to cut the red tape during this crisis.”

The bill would ensure that states are not penalized for suspending certificate of need (CON) laws and expanding healthcare capacity, and calls on all states to waive CON laws for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. CON policies are state-level laws that require providers to obtain regulatory approval before increasing capacity. The state of North Carolina suspended its CON laws on March 12 in order to add hospital beds without seeking regulatory approval.

The bill was introduced on March 23, 2020 and full text can be found here.