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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DATELINE: February 26, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i
CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org

Grassroot Institute Testifies in Support of CON Law Reform

Watchdog group says it’s time to reevaluate law that can throttle health care access 

HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 26, 2016–Today, the Grassroot Institute offered testimony on HR 3 and HCR 9, House resolutions that direct the auditor to study the effects of Hawaii’s Certificate of Need law. In comments that focused on addressing issues with health care costs and access, President Keli’i Akina supported a full and honest reassessment of the law and its effect on the neighbor islands and the most vulnerable populations.

“More than 40 years have passed since Hawaii enacted its Certificate of Need law, and in that time, we have seen significant changes to health care,” stated Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute. “Fourteen states have repealed their CON laws after determining that they do little to constrain costs and can disproportionately affect the poor, elderly and people needing emergency care.”

Dr. Akina continued: “The best way of ensuring lower health care costs and greater access would be to encourage competition. CON laws, on the other hand, encourage cronyism and bureaucracy and can even result in hospital shortages. There are less intrusive, more effective ways for the state to discourage rising costs and duplication of services. We have been making progress in improving health care in Hawaii by questioning previous assumptions about the state’s role in the market. A reevaluation of the CON law is the next logical step in that process.”

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Kelsey Meehan at (808) 591-9193 or email kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org.

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About Grassroot President:
Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.,  is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii.  Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government.  An expert in East-West Philosophy and ethics, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University.  Dr. Akina was a candidate for Trustee at Large of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the 2014 General Election run-off.