The 2020 Legislative Agenda
The 2020 legislative session was unlike any other, being cut short in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and having priorities shift overnight for many industries, most notably healthcare.
SCHA began the year pushing for passage of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), reforms to the Certificate of Need (CON) program, expansion of broadband for low-income and rural South Carolinians, broad behavioral health reforms, and more sustainable telemedicine business models. As the state shut down and hospitals began feeling the immediate impact of canceling non-emergency procedures, scaling up personal protective equipment, and taking on the new disease, many of those items faded in importance when compared to the new challenges and urgent needs of hospital systems.
The legislature adjourned early but returned in June and September to finish necessary business and allocate federal dollars for coronavirus relief. Due to the shortened session, far fewer bills were enacted in 2020 than during a normal second year of the two-year session.