Columbia, SC – In response to the release of the U.S. Senate’s proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the South Carolina Hospital Association has released the following statement:
“The proposal presented by the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will lead to an increase in uninsured South Carolinians and disproportionately impact the state’s poor, elderly and disabled community, as well as healthcare providers.
The significant cuts to Medicaid in the Senate draft will shift financial pressure to the state and force state policy makers to choose between raising additional state revenue or taking funding from other essential state services. This could lead to healthcare cuts that negatively impact patients and hospitals’ ability to maintain services for the communities they serve.
As a non-expansion state, South Carolina will be significantly disadvantaged by this proposal while states that did expand coverage will continue to benefit from receiving enhanced Medicaid funding. “