Yes, you read that title correctly. A bill that was filed in the House to adopt the bobcat as North Carolina’s official state cat has tuned into a full-blown repeal of Certificate of Need by 2021. The amended HB 161 will be heard before the Senate Health committee next Tuesday at 11 am. It’s looking like the momentum for doing away with this law – one in which physicians and hospitals must ask the state permission to offer more life saving treatments to their patients, like breast cancer screening or kidney dialysis – is finally building in the midst of the short session.

For more information on why North Carolina’s Certificate of Need law harms patients, raises health care costs and stifles medical innovation, check out the John Locke Foundation’s web page at

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