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How the Senate Heath Care bill will hurt South Carolina

June 23, 2017

The US Senate has finally revealed a draft of the healthcare bill they have been drafting in secret to repeal integral provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We now understand why the 13 working members responsible for the draft have been reluctant to let anyone see the proposal, as the bill will have dire…

Drafting Your Own Story: A Letter to the Editor

May 17, 2017

The Basics Write from the heart and keep your letter short – less than 200 words. Each Letter to the Editor (LTE) may have different directions, so always check the editorial page of the paper or website. Start with a strong statement explaining your main idea– grab the reader’s attention! Come up with a catchy…

Chloe’s Medicaid Story

March 13, 2017

This letter was sent to us by Chloe’s mother, Amy Bredeson of Bluffton, SC. Chloe receives healthcare coverage through the Medicaid TEFRA program. The letter paints a powerful picture of what is at stake if Medicaid funding is reduced through the GOP’s proposed “per capita cap” system. Her letter is not only the words of a mother pleading…

FamiliesUSA: Actually Mr. President, the Affordable Care Act Has Been a Huge Success in Kentucky.

March 2, 2017

This blog post was published by FamiliesUSA in response to remarks made by the President claiming the Affordable Care Act is “failing” in Kentucky—a state the fully embraced the opportunity to open an in-state marketplace and expand Medicaid under the ACA. At the same time, it highlights the opportunity South Carolina missed by not embracing the…

The Uncertain Future of the Medicaid Program

February 27, 2017

The entire system of healthcare coverage is currently under attack in Congress. First, Congressional Leadership and the new Administration came after the Affordable Care Act, and now they have set their sights on the Medicaid program. Medicaid provides healthcare for approximately 1 million people in our state each year, including more than 630,000 children. In…

ACA Voices: Nicole In Her Own Words

February 13, 2017

I am a full-time graduate student at USC, and I was enrolled in their health care coverage plan because I am over 26.  Tending to school and internship requirements, I can only work part-time, and because of this, I am not able to receive insurance through my employer. After reviewing what services were provided through…

ACA Voices: Janet’s Story

February 3, 2017

In 1996, I opened a business modifying buildings for people with disabilities using the American with Disabilities Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG). I owned and operated the Accessibility Center of South Carolina for several years as a single mother of four without incident. Being a responsible parent requires intention, and I knew that; however, what I didn’t…

What’s at Stake for Young Adults if the ACA is Repealed

January 18, 2017

While one of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage for all, young adults have benefitted more than many! Overall, 6.1 million young people have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA’s passage, including 2.3 million who remained on their parents’ plan and 3.8 million who…

The ACA saved my life…my turn to help save the ACA!

January 13, 2017

My name is Abigail, and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. In 2009, I was a student athlete competing in cross country and was involved in choir in high school. I was also at the peak of my medical crisis suffering from chronic migraines that were debilitating. After receiving many tests, my doctors found that I…

Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement Hurts Seniors

January 9, 2017

Every day, whether seniors need to see a doctor, receive care in their home, or pay for prescription drugs, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are lifelines for older adults. However, the entire health care system upon which older adults rely is at risk in the new Congress. Changes to the ACA will…

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