Legislative and Advocacy
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The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association (SCPHCA) actively represents the state's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and more than 410,000 patients that they serve at the state and federal level. The SCPHCA works to support, sustain, and expand the role of FQHCs in communities across the state by:

  • Educating policymakers about the critical role health centers play in the health care system and on issues that impact health centers
  • Providing information and analysis on key issues affecting health centers
  • Mobilizing health center advocacy efforts through outreach and education


State Policy

The South Carolina Primary Health Care Association represents and supports the state's 23 community health centers (CHCs), which are providers of choice within in their communities.  CHCs also serve a vital role as safety net providers for medically underserved and uninsured populations. These private, non-profit organizations provide an array of health care services, including but not limited to: primary medical care for all ages, dental, mental health, substance use disorder prevention and treatment, pharmacy, and more. 

The Impact of CHCs in 2018:

  • Treated more than 410,000
  • Generated 1.64M medical, dental and behavioral health patient visits
  • Produced an economic impact of $840M
  • Provided 6,736 direct and indirect jobs
  • Saved Medicaid more than $325M
  • Accumulated $127M in tax revenues

Thanks to your generosity, CHCs have received millions in annual appropriations over the last six years from the General Assembly.  This money allowed CHCs to serve more communities by adding sites, personnel, and infrastructure to expand services for our patients. On behalf of our membership, the Association requests $8M in operational funding to continue this progress; provide more 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, such as:

Expansion of the health care workforce

  • Maintain a robust Medicaid program
  • Expansion of access to and use of broadband connectivity
  • Advancement of telehealth services utilization
  • Broadening of pharmacy services provided
  • Prevention and treatment of opioid/substance use disorders
  • Expansion of the health care workforce
  • Support for secure exchange of health data to improve health outcomes

We happily offer our Association as a resource on these and other health care issues.

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.


Policy Position Statements

3 Technology Circle
Columbia SC 29203

P: 803. 788. 2778
F: 803. 778. 8233
E: information@scphca.org