By MEG KINNARD
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - State health officials say the South Carolina Supreme Court should deny hospitals' request to force the agency to continue a program that regulates some hospital spending.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control says in documents obtained Friday by The Associated Press that its pending request that the court consider the Certificate of Need issue is the appropriate venue to debate the issue.
DHEC suspended the program in June after the Legislature did not override Gov. Nikki Haley's veto of $1.7 million to run it. Haley has said she vetoed the funding because it's an impediment to the free market.
Hospitals and health care associations want the Supreme Court to order the agency to reinstate the program. DHEC had already asked justices for an opinion on suspending the program.
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