S.C. Health and Human Services Director Tony Keck is scheduled to testify in Washington on Wednesday before the U.S. House’s Energy and Commerce Committee.

He will talk about reforming Medicaid, the low-income health insurance entitlement program. Keck’s department administers about 1 million Medicaid policies in South Carolina.

“I believe there is a developing bi-partisan interest among states for flexibility to manage programs locally in exchange for more accountability for improved health and more predictability in expenditures,” Keck said in a press release about the hearing.

He has been an outspoken opponent of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in South Carolina.

The federal hearing, called “The Need for Medicaid Reform: A State Perspective,” is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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