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South Carolina to Cut Medicaid Payments to Urban Hospitals

South Carolina’s Medicaid program will reduce Medicaid payments to the state’s urban hospitals so it can increase payments to rural hospitals.

The new policy, to take effect next year, will shift $20 million in payments from urban to rural hospitals.

“We’ve long known that rural hospitals face challenges that larger hospitals don’t, and now, for the first time ever, the state of South Carolina is going to treat them that way, “ Governor Nikki Haley explained during her state-of-the-state address.

The state’s Medicaid director elaborated, noting that “The smaller hospitals have suffered at the hands of the bigger hospitals for years, and we have to start to reverse that.”

Read more about this Medicaid policy shift in South Carolina in this article from iStock_000001497717XSmallThe State.

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