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signupSC | SC Appleseed launches new healthcare Marketplace tool

December 4, 2013

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…

19 SC Health Centers receive grants from Obama Administration for insurance enrollment assistance

July 11, 2013

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…

A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

May 1, 2013

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…

Mapping Out the Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

January 11, 2013

Medicaid is essential to our healthcare system. Without it, many individuals would be unable to have their medical needs met. Each state is given the option to participate in Medicaid Expansion, beginning in January 2014. In order to make an informed decision about how this expansion could impact South Carolina families, one must look at…

Breaking Down the MAGI Method

January 9, 2013

The Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is a new measure of income under the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t allow for disregards and deductions, such as for childcare and work-related expenses. As a result, the Affordable Care Act could have resulted in many children missing out on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insuranace Program (CHIP) coverage when their…

Children and Essential Health Benefits

December 16, 2012

Understanding all that must be accomplished for healthcare reform is daunting.  One such task is defining Essential Health Benefits (EHB) here in SC. See this wonderful resource from our partner at First Focus to understand what is needed for children. defining-ehb.pdf

The Fight for Insured Mothers

October 10, 2012

Children of depressed mothers can be severely affected by their mother’s condition. As Georgetown University reports, a child whose mother lives in depression can grow up with learning, health and safety detriments. Mother’s depression can also compromise their child’s cognitive, psychosocial and behavioral development, as well as their long-term mental and physical health. Many mothers…

HealthCare.gov: The Affordable Care Act Supports Community Living

September 14, 2012

This past week HealthCare.gov shares the following articles: New Resources Help Older Americans and People with Disabilities Maintain their Independence September 11, 2012 Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $12.5 million in awards to Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to support older Americans and people with disabilities stay independent and receive…

Who loses if the Affordable Care Act is Struck Down?

April 5, 2012

Soon, the Supreme Court will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. But it’s important to remember that there are millions of individuals who have already benefited from its enactment.  Old and young people, people we work with, people we worship with and people in our circle of friends who now have affordable healthcare…

Urban Institute Releases Snapshot of Federal Spending on Children on the Eve of Health Reform

March 23, 2012

The Urban Institute recently released a comprehensive paper on the status of children’s healthcare in the United States. The intent of the authors is to provide a benchmark prior to the implementation of several key components of the Affordable Care Act. This will make it easier to guage the impact of the ACA on children’s…

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