S.C. CON program: Where is it now?

This week, a committee of South Carolina lawmakers has been charged with the task of evaluating the certificate of need program and the fate of the projects begun during the program's hiatus that would have required a CON to go forward.

The committee evaluation may hint at the possibility for the resolution of the administrative battle over the program, which has been defunded, shut down and restarted in a legislative back-and-forth over the past two years. The following is the timeline of the program's legal woes in 2014.

South Carolina CON program comes before state supreme court (March). The state Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the CON program, including from hospitals arguing against the suspension.

South Carolina Supreme Court rules in favor of CON program despite lack of funds (April).The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled the state's certificate of need program was not eliminated when Governor Nikki Haley finally successfully vetoed the program's funding in 2013.

CON drama: The battle over South Carolina's program continues (May). After the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled the state's CON program would stand, the public health department appealed the ruling.

South Carolina CON law to remain in place: 5 things to know (June).
The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled it would not revisit its decision to require the state's CON program to continue running.

Study questions usefulness of CON (August).
 A study from George Mason University's Mercatus Center questioned the economic rationale behind CON programs.

SC house begins review of CON program (September). Rep. Murrell Smith, a Republican, is chairing the South Carolina House of Representatives panel responsible for reviewing the state's certificate of need program. The committee has been tasked with creating recommendations for reforming the CON program and deciding the next steps the state will take concerning healthcare facilities that expanded while the program was suspended.

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