Just last month, Palmetto Promise highlighted a groundbreaking executive order from President Trump laying the groundwork for forcing hospitals to publicize what insurance companies actually pay them for various services and drugs used by patients – numbers that are treated like trade secrets in the healthcare industry.
This week, I was honored to be invited to speak to the Downtown Aiken Rotary, one of the oldest and largest clubs in the state. Education was front and center. My mission: to pack this massive (and massively important) issue into a digestible 20-minute talk! We touched on many topics we’ve shared in previous emails,
South Carolina continues to sink below our southeastern neighbors in education outcomes. On almost every indicator, data shows that South Carolina is behind the curve. In light of that, Palmetto Promise has done some digging to look at how South Carolina really stacks up to our neighboring states on education innovation and performance. We’ve assigned 1-4 rankings
When it comes to fixing the problems in our state’s worst performing school districts, nearly everyone thinks that bold action at the state level is needed. But, in the face of immense local pressure to stand down, will the state act?
the first step toward restoring a truly free enterprise-based healthcare system in this country is for every citizen to know how much their doctor visit, hospital stay, prescription or medical device is going to cost them out of pocket.
With over 70 sources of money, South Carolina’s system for funding our public schools is one of the most complicated in the country!
Base Student Cost provided 58% of state aid to school districts. It now provides only about 38% of state funding.
The 2019 South Carolina legislative session saw a strong focus on K-12 education. New education spending topped $150 million. While many important needs were met, most notably the teacher pay increase, there is still work to be done in order to unlock South Carolina’s true potential and improve educational outcomes.
Most South Carolinians facing surgery or other complicated medical procedures have no idea how much they will pay out of pocket. Whether they are covered by private insurance or a government program (Medicare, Medicaid), the common method for determining cost is to have the procedure… and then wait for the bill to arrive.
Throughout the fall of 2017, as another football season came and went, PPI watched and waited for someone—anyone—to step up for Santee Cooper customers. Thanks to the actions of two special legislative committees, the public did learn a lot about the demise of V.C. Summer, but there was a clear message: tackle SCE&G first, then Santee Cooper.