FTC Staff Comment to the Alabama State Senate Regarding HB 241 and SB 243, Which Would Exempt Health Care Collaborations From Federal Antitrust Laws

Matter Number:

V160010

Summary

FTC staff submitted a comment, in response to a request from Alabama State Senator Larry C. Stutts, regarding proposed legislation that would permit any public university that operates a school of medicine to form a new type of corporation in Alabama, to be known as an “authority,” in collaboration “with all types of health care providers.” The Bill would exempt these authorities from the federal antitrust laws. The broad antitrust exemption the Bill purports to provide would immunize anticompetitive mergers, price fixing, boycotts, and a wide variety of other anticompetitive conduct that harms consumers.