D.C. Council repeals East End Health Equity Act

The D.C. Council repealed a highly contested bill Friday that would have expedited the construction of a new 220-bed tower at the GW Hospital.

The Council’s Committee on Health repealed the East End Health Equity Act after failing to settle on an agreement with the University for the creation of the bed tower. The bill, introduced in September, would have exempted the project from obtaining a Certificate of Need, which requires the State Health Planning and Development Agency to determine if a new facility or service is a public need.

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans said in a tweet Friday that the repeal is a “big win” for Foggy Bottom residents.

“This means there will be no waiver for the certificate of need and no sidestepping community input,” Evans said in the tweet.

The bill would have also paved the way for the construction of a new GW-run hospital that would service Wards 7 and 8. The University halted negotiations with the Council for the new hospital in December, arguing that the legislation failed to consider feedback from the University and Foggy Bottom residents.

Vincent Gray, the Ward 7 councilmember who chairs the Committee on Health, said GW Hospital still intends to move forward with plans for the hospital east of the Anacostia River, Cuneyt Dil, a reporter for The D.C. Line and Washington City Paper, tweeted Friday.

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