South Carolina Restores CON Funding for ASCs, Hospitals
The South Carolina General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of funding for the state's certificate of need program, according to an ASCA report.
The House of Representatives voted 106-6 to override the veto, and the Senate voted 36-5 to override, reinstating roughly $411,000 in state money to the CON program. If the governor's veto had been upheld, program funding would have been eliminated, though not the requirement that healthcare facilities obtain a CON prior to expansion.
Legislators said removing funding for the program would simply make the process of applying for facility expansion more burdensome for regulators and providers. The legislature would need to change the law to eliminate the CON program.
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