District of Columbia

Overview

The District of Columbia was relatively inactive in the 2019 legislative term. The legislature passed B23-0101/PR23-0086 which provides that the State Health Planning and Development Agency has the authority to approve the closure or termination of a health care facility. Other bills regarding certificate of need and unfair trade practices are still pending in the legislature.

In the 2017-2018 legislative term, the District of Columbia legislature enacted several laws to expand healthcare markets, including laws concerning the scope of practice of healthcare providers. Most notably, the legislature passed the Telehealth Medicaid Expansion Act of 2017, which expands the scope of reimbursable telehealth services covered by Medicaid.

The State Database

The Source tracks state activities impacting healthcare price and competition in both legislation and litigation in a searchable database to help stakeholders at the state level understand their legal and regulatory environment as they make efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency, and reduce costs in healthcare.

LEGISLATION: The Database of State Laws Impacting Healthcare Cost and Quality (SLIHCQ), created by The Source on Healthcare Price & Competition and Catalyst for Payment Reform, catalogues state legislation governing price transparency, provider market power, provider payment, provider networks, and benefit design. The database also includes pharmaceutical legislation beginning in the 2017-2018 legislative session. *Note: Current legislative session bill updates are ongoing. Check back weekly for updates. 

LITIGATION: The Source tracks major litigation and antitrust enforcement action by federal entities (FTC or DOJ), state attorney generals, and private parties in the main provider and insurer markets, particularly legal challenges of healthcare consolidation and anticompetitive contract provisions. Additionally, the database contains major pharmaceutical cases including legislation challenges and significant appellate cases.

Search the database across all jurisdictions on the State Overview page, or view and filter existing legislation or litigation on individual state pages. The database allows customized search and filter by keyword, status, and/or key issue category. *Multiple filter/selections enabled. Click here for User Guide.

 

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© 2018-2019 The SLIHCQ DatabaseInitial funding for this project was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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Additional Resources

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

The District of Columbia’s current legislative session runs from 1/2/2019 – 1/2/2020. Bills from 2019 will carry over to 2020 as part of the 2019-2020 legislative term.

FY 2020 BUDGET

Washington D.C. budgets on a biennium basis with the Executive biennium budget submitted to the Legislature on or before December 20th. The legislature adopts a budget in either April or May and the biennial budget cycle begins in July. See Washington D.C.’s Department of Health budget for the fiscal year 2020 on page E-53 here.

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