HB1140 (2020) Detail

Establishing a hospital merger advisory commission.


HB 1140 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2145

01/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1140

 

AN ACT establishing a hospital merger advisory commission.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to monitor the merger of hospitals.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2145

01/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a hospital merger advisory commission.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Hospital Merger Advisory Commission.  Amend RSA 151 by inserting after section 10 the following new section:

151:10-a  Hospital Merger Advisory Commission  Established.  

I.(a)  There is established a hospital merger advisory commission.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1)  Five members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(2)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the majority leader of the senate.

(3)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

(4)  The director of  charitable trusts, or designee.

(5)  The insurance commissioner, or designee.

(6)  Two members of the public appointed by the governor, speaker of the house of representatives, and senate president.

(7)  A public member representing each community where a hospital that is proposed to be merged with another hospital is located, appointed by the board of selectmen or city council.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

II.(a)  The commission shall monitor proposals to merge, and the mergers of, hospitals and other health care institutions in the state.  The commission shall gather information on how such proposed transactions or actual transactions impact health care, the operations of charitable trusts and the community or communities which are served by those institutions, including the community's or communities' need for access to quality and affordable physical and mental health care services.

(b)  The commission shall advise the general court and relevant state agencies relative to necessary legislation or rules to ensure such mergers are in the public interest.

(c)  The commission may solicit input from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.

III.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The commission shall submit an annual report, commencing on November 1, 2020, and a final report on or before November 1 2025, of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library.  

2  Repeal.  RSA 151:10-a, relative to a hospital merger advisory commission, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2025.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1140 at GenCourtMobile
HB1140 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 4, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1140 Revision: 6768 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 10:23 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 1 P. 11
Jan. 22, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/22/2020 09:30 am LOB 302
Jan. 31, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/31/2020 09:30 am LOB 302
Feb. 4, 2020 Executive Session: 02/04/2020 10:00 am LOB 302