Issue #1: Investing in South Carolina’s Children’s Hospitals

March 10, 2017

Priority:  Invest in the state’s children’s hospitals to ensure that South Carolina’s most precious resource, our children, can continue to receive state-of-the-art health care in our state.   Obtain state funding for FY 2020-2021 to address children’s hospital technology and infrastructure needs.

Background: Over 60% of the children cared for by SC’s children’s hospitals are funded through Medicaid, a health insurance program funded with state and federal funds.  Medicaid reimbursement does not cover the cost of care – let alone the costs incurred to maintain infrastructure and technology. Funding received from other sources, i.e. commercial insurers and philanthropy does not cover the gap, leaving the children’s hospitals without adequate funding to maintain infrastructure and technology.   Without this investment, South Carolina’s children’s hospitals will be unable to keep pace with the facility and technology requirements needed to provide state-of-the-art care for children.