Issue

Healthcare

A Healthy State is a Thriving State

Putting this pandemic behind us must be a top priority. That’s why we need real leadership in the Governor’s Office, fighting to ensure that the hard-working women and men of South Carolina have the support, protections and pay they deserve.

As Senator, I’ve initiated the systemic reforms we’ll need to begin mitigating the harm of policies that continue to oppress everyday South Carolinians who are working hard to make ends meet. I’m fighting to secure critical federal resources that we need to help us recover from the challenges of COVID-19 and bolster small businesses hit hard by the pandemic.

As Governor, I will immediately join 39 other states in expanding Medicaid, which will increase healthcare coverage and improve healthcare access for approximately 200,000 South Carolinians who are currently being denied care, simply because they live in the Palmetto State. I’ll work to ensure equitable access to healthcare in rural areas where hospital closures have limited treatment options. I believe in science and understand the severe impact of COVID-19, so expanding Medicaid and enacting my pandemic response plan will be one of the first things I do as governor.

COVID-19 Pandemic Response Plan

  • Request and distribute all available federal pandemic funding for South Carolina.
  • Partner with the CDC, as well as federal and state public health experts, to ensure that SC is implementing best practices with regard to vaccines, variants, safety protocols, resources, and other critical information.
  • Advise local governments to use American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds and other COVID federal and state recovery funds to incentivize local constituencies to get vaccinated.
  • Implement a statewide mask mandate until state vaccination rates are 70% and above.
  • Require state employees to get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID testing.
  • Require school-aged children, ages 17 and under to show proof of immunization to COVID-19 and related variants (as applicable) to attend SC public (K-12) schools, colleges & universities.
  • Appoint Regional Pandemic Response Teams to support underfunded local health departments, who are currently overrun with demand for both care and information. These multicultural, multidisciplinary teams of public health experts, community leaders, and communications specialists will partner with local health departments to field questions, address concerns, disseminate accurate info, resolve complaints, develop & promote targeted pro-vaccination public awareness campaigns and increase accessibility to vaccines.
  • Partner with local businesses & trucking companies to provide refrigerated trucks to county health departments for the purpose of storing and preserving vaccines that must be stored in frigid temperatures.