Affordable Care Act Implementation Initiative

This work was initiated prior to the evolution of the South Carolina Public Health Institute to the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health.

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the realities of implementing health care legislation presented both opportunities and challenges.  In South Carolina, we assessed our readiness to address the numerous elements of this legislation as well as our capacity to maximize the available resources.  We developed a plan for implementation that will allow the citizens of South Carolina to reap the full benefits of the legislation.

For an overview of changes to coverage, prevention services and cost please click here.

To facilitate an effective state-level implementation, the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (formerly the South Carolina Public Health Institute), in collaboration with South Carolina Healthcare Voices, convened stakeholders from the non-profit sector and state agencies to explore the various state-specific elements of the legislation and examine possible approaches to implementation.  This effort, with honorary co-chairs Doug Bryant, a former Commissioner of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, and Robby Kerr, a former Director of the SC Department of Health and Human Services, focused on building linkages with key state agencies to provide a neutral forum for collaborative decision-making and expand the collective public capacity to address the implementation of this legislation.

A list of participating agencies and organizations may be found here.

In short, the goal of this initiative was to create a public-private collaborative so that South Carolina can most successfully implement health care reform and take advantage of the funding opportunities that are available to our state.  In thinking strategically about what is best for our state, we built on our existing strengths and identified areas where further work is needed.  This initiative included the creation of open, non-discriminatory, educational workgroups to help the state prepare for and implement health reform.  By bringing diverse stakeholders around the table we developed a plan that is best for the state.

This work was concluded June 30th, 2012.  Thank you to all the partners involved in this initiative.


News

  • Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

    The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate for Americans to buy health insurance has been ruled constitutional, though not under the power of Congress to regulate commerce between the states. A majority of justices ruled that the penalty an individual would pay if he or she refused to purchase insurance falls under the power of Congress to tax. The provision to expand Medicaid through connecting all Medicaid funding to states to the increase of eligibility to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level was not supported.
  • South Carolina Perspectives on a Health Insurance Exchange

    The South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health (formerly the South Carolina Public Health Institute) conducted a focus group study among key constituencies to explore their perspectives on health insurance coverage, marketplace considerations and the type of exchange that South Carolina could have.
  • Advancing Health in South Carolina: A Summit of the ACA Implementation Initiative

    Ms. Sarah Thomas, Vice President, Public Policy & Communication at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, gave the Keynote presentation at the August 24, 2011 Advancing Health in South Carolina Summit of the ACA Implementation Initiative.
  • SCPHI Presents at South Carolina Public Health Association Annual Meeting

    On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, SCPHI participated in the opening session of the South Carolina Public Health Association's annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Together with Cynthia Williams, from Health Sciences South Carolina, and Amy Splittgerber, from Eat Smart Move More South Carolina, SCPHI Associate Directors Maya Pack and Megan Weis participated in the panel entitled "Implementing the Affordable Care Act in South Carolina: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Importance of Partnerships."
  • Pocket Guide to Health Care Terms

    The Pocket Guide to Health Care Terms is produced by the South Carolina Public Health Institute as a resource in understanding the numerous terms and acronyms that are part of ongoing health care discussions.
  • Long-Term Care Strategic Planning in the News

    The editorial board of The Sun News supports the Long-Term Care Joint Resolution developed by members of the Long-Term Care workgroup.
  • Meet and Greet New Project Managers at the Dept. of Insurance

    SCPHI sponsors a Meet and Greet event with the project managers for the SC Department of Insurance premium rate review and exchange planning grants.
  • Affordable Care Act Implementation Initiative Responds to Governor Haley’s Announcement Regarding the Affordable Care Act

    The Affordable Care Act Implementation Initiative congratulates Governor Haley on her decision to recognize the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land and proceed with implementation. We look forward to working with her to ensure implementation that best serves the interests of all South Carolinians.
  • Long-Term Care Joint Resolution Introduced in SC Sentate

    On February 16, 2011 the Long-term Care Joint Resolution developed by members of the ACA Implementation Initiative Long-term Care workgroup was introduced in the SC Senate.
  • State Coverage Initiatives Releases State of the States 2011

    The State Coverage Initiatives (SCI) program recently released its report State of the States 2011.The report offers an excellent summary and comparison of where different states are in implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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