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Working, but Uninsured. Lynn’s Story.

June 6, 2016

My name is Lynn Campbell and I am a resident of Edgefield County. I am currently uninsured and chose to share my personal story about my situation in hopes that together we can close the health insurance coverage gap in SC; not just for me, but for all of the others just like me in…

George Shuler and the Coverage Gap

February 26, 2016

George Shuler was my brother. His life is an example of what can happen to those in the coverage gap, who are ineligible for Medicaid and make too little to qualify for the tax breaks offered under the Affordable Care Act. His death was an unnecessary tragedy. He was born in 1956 in Columbia, SC, the…

Luis is Left Out: A Story of Falling into the Health Insurance Coverage Gap

August 25, 2015

The numbers are in, uninsured rates have been dramatically declining, prices haven’t spiked, and people are getting the health care they need. However, some states haven’t taken full advantage of the Affordable Care Act through expanding Medicaid to cover those up to 138% of poverty. South Carolina is one of those states – leaving out…

Victory for low-income people in the King v. Burwell decision

June 30, 2015

The Supreme Court was right to recognize that health reform in the recent decision on King v. Burwell provides tax credits for consumers in all states. Now it’s time for people on both sides of the aisle to accept that the law is working and take important steps to fully implement it.    The Court…

King v. Burwell: What it Means for South Carolina

June 17, 2015

In the coming weeks, the United States Supreme Court  will rule in the case of King v. Burwell, having far-reaching effects on health care in America. The issue to be decided is whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows consumers to receive tax credits to help pay for insurance in the 34 states (including South…

The Waiting Room: The Difference Affordable Healthcare Makes

April 16, 2015

Another guest blog this week by Randy Moore, an Appleseed intern, who shares his personal experience with having insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, after many years without.   The Senate Finance Committee will debate the “Healthy SC” amendment this week to provide a private option plan for affordable healthcare. Healthy SC would close that healthcare…

Medicaid and the Health Insurance Coverage Gap in South Carolina

March 26, 2015

In South Carolina, 194,000 uninsured residents fall into the health insurance coverage gap and are unable to enroll in Medicaid or get tax credits to help buy coverage in the new marketplace. These South Carolinians fall below 100 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines ($20,090 for a family of three and $11,770 for an…

Open Enrollment for Low Cost Health Insurance Re-opens Sunday March 15th!

November 13, 2014

***Update: March 10th, 2015*** The federal government has opened a special health insurance open enrollment period for tax season. The special period will begin on March 15, 2015 and will remain open until April 30, 2015. Some consumers were unaware of or did not understand the tax implications of not enrolling in coverage. Those who…

The big health care access study you need to see

May 8, 2014

The results are out for one of the first, large-scale studies of how increased access to health care affects health outcomes, and while it may seem to be a no-brainer, the evidence supports what health care advocates long have been saying. Increasing people’s access to health insurance – and by extension, health care – absolutely saves lives. The…

SC McDonald’s Employees #GetCovered While at Work

March 24, 2014

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.…

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