With only a week left before the deadline to sign up for health insurance in 2014 without penalties, groups across South Carolina and the nation are hard at work helping families get enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, enrolling “young invincibles” in a marketplace plan is critical to the success of the new healthcare system.…Read More
The Coverage Gap A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation predicts roughly 194,000 South Carolinians will fall into a health insurance coverage gap due to incomes above Medicaid eligibility levels, but below poverty limits. They earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to qualify for Marketplace premium tax credits. Most of these people have…Read More
signupSC is a website specifically built for providing valuable, credible, and up to date information on the Federal Health Care Marketplace. This site will serve as a resource for individuals, families and advocates in South Carolina to better understand how the Marketplace works. With 117 days left to enroll in the health exchanges, we hope signupSC will help you…Read More
The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, a leading health policy research organization, reported “lower than expected” premiums for ObamaCare’s new insurance exchanges in a major study released last week. With open enrollment in new insurance marketplaces set to begin Oct. 1, the Foundation compiled premium data from the new marketplaces in the 17 states where it is fully…Read More
Obama Administration Launches One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners About the Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration today launched Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop Website which will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete. The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on size and location, so businesses can learn how the law helps…Read More
On July 10, 2013, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation (19 of which are in South Carolina) to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers are expected to hire…Read More
As South Carolina’s state Medicaid Director Tony Keck continues to tell state policy makers that expanding the Medicaid program to bring healthcare insurance to the uninsured is not right for SC, we learn from the sound research of the Commonwealth Fund that this is absolutely untrue. A recent study reported that people who gained insurance coverage through Oregon’s…Read More
This week, Families USA and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Policies released a study revealing something we have known for quite some time – expanding the Medicaid program as called for in the Affordable Care Act has solid public support. In fact, in polling a broad mix of residents in the five southern states of AL, GA, LA, MS,…Read More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday, April 30, 2013 that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from twenty-one to three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much…Read More
For SC Appleseed and our partners in South Carolina, this is yet another example of how accepting the federal dollars for Medicaid support would not only help close gaps in the health coverage, but could be a critical game changer for countless low-income South Carolinians. According to a study by the Center on Budget and…Read More
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