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Despite Bad Economy, S.C. Makes Progress In Enrolling Kids

November 30, 2011

Press Release: New Analysis Shows State, National Progress in Extending Coverage Columbia – South Carolina made significant progress in reducing the number of uninsured children from 2008 to 2010, according to a new report released by the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and authored by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children…

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Seniors Realizing ACA’s Benefits, Doughnut-Hole Shrinkage

November 28, 2011

From The Associated Press: By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Sunday, 11.27.11 WASHINGTON — Medicare’s prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs. The “doughnut hole,” an anxiety-inducing catch in an otherwise popular benefit, will shrink about 40 percent for those unlucky…

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S.C. Health Insurance Bringing Up The Rear Again

November 23, 2011

From The Health Care Blog: Still ringing true after all these years. By Al Lewis Nov 22, 2011 What makes a state’s health insurance successful for its citizens?   It should be affordable, it should cover a lot of people, and it should manage its members well, keeping people healthy as measured both by preventive care…

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Healthcare Costs Driving Americans Into Poverty

November 22, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Drew Altman and Larry Levitt November 18, 2011 Policymakers in Washington are consumed with the federal budget deficit. The Congressional Budget Office serves as the official referee in budget debates, keeping score of how proposed legislation would make the deficit bigger or smaller. But Congress and the public could get a…

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Haley’s Panel: No State Health Insurance ‘Exchange’ For S.C.

November 22, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Renee Dudley [email protected] Friday, November 18, 2011 South Carolina should not manage its own “exchange” where health coverage will be sold once the new federal health care law takes full effect in 2014, a state panel is expected to recommend today. The S.C. Health Planning Committee wants private companies…

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The Medicaid Ambush

November 16, 2011

From Slate: The Supreme Court’s unexpected and astounding reasons for wanting to hear a challenge to Obamacare. By Simon Lazarus and Dahlia Lithwick Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, which means a five-and-a-half-hour oral argument before the court this spring, with a ruling…

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Haley’s Waiting Game On S.C.’s Health Insurance Exchange

November 16, 2011

From Kaiser Health News: S.C.’s top health official, Anthony Keck, and Gov. Nikki Haley, not fans of the 2010 health law, are likely to decide to let the federal government run the state’s exchange. (Haley photo by MaryAustinPhoto via Flickr) By Christopher Weaver Nov 15, 2011 South Carolina’s top health official will recommend this week…

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ACA Opponents Wine & Dine Justices Scalia, Thomas

November 15, 2011

From The Los Angeles Times: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to a policy forum in Washington last month. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) By James Oliphant November 14, 2011 The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question of whether it would hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law,…

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Will Clarence Thomas Recuse Himself From ACA Case?

November 15, 2011

From The Nation: Clarence and Ginni Thomas By George Zornick November 14, 2011 Today, the Supreme Court agreed to hear constitutional challenges brought on by twenty-six states and a business group to President Obama’s healthcare reform bill. There will likely be arguments in the spring and a ruling by July, right in the heat of…

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CNN Poll: Support Rises For Health Insurance Mandate

November 14, 2011

From CNN: Posted by CNN Political Unit November 14th, 2011 Washington – The public is divided over the idea of requiring all Americans to have health insurance, according to a new national survey. But a CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that support for the proposal, a cornerstone of the 2010 health care reform law, has…

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