GOVERNMENT

Carney signs Delaware hospital cost review board bill into law

By Joseph Edelen
Posted 6/18/24

DOVER—Gov. John Carney signed House Bill 350 into law Thursday, which was the first step in the creation of the Diamond State Hospital Cost Review Board. Initially, the bill received staunch …

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GOVERNMENT

Carney signs Delaware hospital cost review board bill into law

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DOVER—Gov. John Carney signed House Bill 350 into law Thursday, which was the first step in the creation of the Diamond State Hospital Cost Review Board.

Initially, the bill received staunch pushback from hospital stakeholders due to a potential loss of funds.

But after Democratic leadership and hospital leaders struck a compromise, the Delaware Healthcare Association – which represents the state’s five non-profit hospitals – took a neutral stance, leading to its final passage May 21.

“Rising health care costs are having a significant impact on Delaware families and state taxpayers, and we’ve been committed to addressing this since the start of my time as Governor,” Gov. Carney said in a statement.

“House Bill 350 will help lower the growth of health care costs in our state, while making sure we’re protecting health care quality and access. I want to thank the hospital systems, members of the General Assembly – particularly Speaker Longhurst and Senator Townsend – and the Department of Health and Social Services for collaborating on this important piece of legislation that will make a positive impact on Delawareans.”

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