By JEFFREY COLLINS
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear a lawsuit over whether the state's health regulators could end a program that determines whether new medical facilities can be built or hospitals can expand.
Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed money for the Certificate of Need program in June, and the Department of Health and Environmental Control suspended the program.
Groups including the South Carolina Hospital Association sued, saying the law requiring the review is still on the books and can't be suspended just because DHEC didn't set aside money to pay for it.
DHEC asked the Supreme Court decide whether the agency could suspend the program. The justices agreed Friday.
About three dozen projects worth about $100 million were being reviewed by DHEC when Haley vetoed the program's funding.
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