Hospital Leaders Applaud Congress and Passage of Health Care Reform

Columbia, SC, March 22, 2010 – The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) applauds the efforts of Congress and especially the leadership of Congressman Jim Clyburn and John Spratt on the passage of health care reform legislation. This bill will expand coverage and offer meaningful reform to what we have long recognized as a broken health care delivery and financing system.

Today, an estimated 764,000 South Carolinians have no insurance, and the number without insurance could reach nearly 900,000 by 2014 if reform failed to pass. The newly passed legislation will expand coverage to 32 million people nationally and 481,000 in South Carolina who are presently uninsured. The bill also enacts significant insurance market reforms and lays a solid foundation upon which we can continue to build.

"Hospitals appreciate the strong leadership of Congressmen Clyburn and Spratt in shaping the reform legislation," said SCHA CEO Thornton Kirby. "They both understand that the American health care system is deteriorating and something must be done. We praise this historic effort and look forward to working with the Administration, Congress and other stakeholders to further improve our health care system for the patients and communities we serve."

About the South Carolina Hospital Association
Founded in 1921, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state's hospitals and health care systems. Based in Columbia, SCHA works with its members to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care for all South Carolinians. The state's hospitals and healthcare systems employ more than 70,000 persons statewide.

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03-22-2010 12:00 (EDT)