May 12, 2016
RetireSafe: Standing Up for South Carolina’s Seniors by asking state legislators to reform Certificate of Need laws
Today, RetireSafe, a nationwide senior’s organization with more than 3,000 supporters and activists in South Carolina released a new video highlighting the need for the state Legislature to enable greater access to affordable healthcare in South Carolina by taking immediate steps to reform the state’s Certificate of Need (CON) law.
“As a senior’s organization, we have grown increasingly concerned about antiquated CON laws in states across the country. CON laws stifle competition in healthcare, suppress innovation, delay patient care, and threaten higher costs for care,” said RetireSafe president Thair Phillips.
With only weeks left in the legislative session in South Carolina’s state capitol, this video points out that SC’s CON law creates unreasonable impediments and regulatory hurdles to even routine investments by local healthcare facilities, such as adding overnight hospital beds, expanding operating rooms, and adding lifesaving equipment and resources.
“We encourage the state legislators of South Carolina to take action now. Reforming the state’s CON law is an essential step in creating a market-based approach to enhance South Carolina’s healthcare system and improve the quality of care that citizens receive,” said Mr. Phillips.
The full video can be found online here.
Further discussion of South Carolina’s CON law can also be found on RetireSafe’s blog.