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August 13, 2014

SC House appoints Certificate of Need special committee

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

The S.C. Supreme Court has made it clear that if Gov. Nikki Haley wants to kill the Certificate of Need program, she needs to do more than veto the program's budget as she did this year. She needs to work through the legislative process.

On Wednesday, that process began as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian White, R-Anderson, announced the creation of an ad hoc committee to conduct a review of the Certificate of Need program. The committee is tasked with looking at the funding and regulations of the program, which is designed to prevent expensive duplication of some health care services.

The committee is made up of three Republicans - Murrell Smith of Sumter, Bill Herbkersman of Beaufort and James Merrill of Charleston - and two Democrats - Bill Clyburn of Aiken and Michael Anthony of Spartanburg.

"We are open to updating the law to create a modern, more common sense process for businesses attempting to obtain a Certificate of Need," White said. "However, we recognize that there are many competing interests that have a stake in the CON program, and this makes finding a quick and simple solution difficult."

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