- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers have announced a new workgroup focused on loosening government oversight of new or expanded health care facilities in Virginia.

House Speaker William J. Howell and Senate President Pro-Tem Stephen D. Newman said Thursday they had created a new workgroup and were rededicating themselves to changing the state’s certificate of need law.

The decades-old law medical providers to State Board of Health approval for new healthcare facilities, expansions or major equipment purchases. The state hospital association successfully lobbied against a measure to repeal parts of the certificate of need law earlier this year.

Republicans and the powerful hospital association have repeatedly clashed in recent years over healthcare issues, including Medicaid expansion and the certificate of need.

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