Statement by UNC Health Care on legislation introduced today

Today the N.C. House Select Committee on State Owned Assets proposed legislation that would seriously hinder the long-term success of UNC Health Care.

Media contact: Jennifer James, (919) 923-7983, jjames@unch.unc.edu

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – UNC Health Care has been working with the House Select Committee on State Owned Assets since September. The purpose of the Committee was to review the potential for revenue-generation through the sale of state-owned assets; the action taken today will increase costs to the state.

During the House Select Committee’s meeting today, the Committee proposed legislation that would seriously hinder the long-term success of UNC Health Care. Although several members of the Committee objected to voting on a nine-page bill with only 15 minutes of review, this legislation moved forward. The Chair of the Committee reported that it passed by one vote.

We are deeply disappointed that the House Committee has put forward this legislation, and we intend to fight it vigorously.

The bill as it is written will do great damage to UNC Health Care. Specifically, this bill limits our growth opportunities for the future, mandates charity care levels in all counties of the state, requires government approval for basic business transactions and adds an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy to the system.

Every citizen of North Carolina should be frightened by this bill. If the goal is to dismantle the UNC Health Care System, eliminate our ability to care for the uninsured, limit our ability to compete for research dollars to find better treatments and cures, and make it more difficult to train the doctors and health care workers we need for the future, then that is what this Committee's bill will accomplish.

What is the problem for which this is the solution?

We will continue to work with the House and the Senate to ensure that this legislation does not become a law.

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