2018 State Legislative Agenda



The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association represents and supports the state's 22 community health centers (CHCs), which are vital safety net providers for medically underserved and uninsured populations. These private, non-profit organizations provide an array of services such as primary care, dental, mental health, substance abuse treatment, pediatrics and more. 

The Impact of CHCs in 2016: 

  • Treated more than 374,000 patients
  • Generated over 1.3M patient visits
  • Produced an economic impact of $568,685,322M
  • Provided 5,047 direct and indirect jobs
  • Saved Medicaid more than $267M
  • Accumulated $73M in tax revenues 

Thanks to your generosity CHCs have received millions in capital and operational funding in recent years.  This money allowed health centers to serve more communities by adding sites and infrastructure to expand services for our patients.On behalf of our membership, the Association requests $5M in operational fundingto continue this progress; provide access to health care; and save our state valuable money.

In addition, there are several policy issues that may come before the General Assembly which we will closely follow for their impact on CHCs.  We happily offer our Association as a resource on the following issues: 

  • Nurse practitioner scope of practice
  • Pharmacists scope of practice
  • Telemedicine
  • Opioid abuse
  • Certification of Need legislation
  • Health data collection

 The SCPHCA and our membership would like to thank you for your support.  We strive to ensure all of South Carolina has access to quality and affordable health care. CHCs save lives and money. Any investment in CHCs is a sound contribution to our state's physical and economic health.


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