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New ACA Consumer Protections Implemented

February 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule that implements five key consumer protections from the Affordable Care Act, and makes the health insurance market work better for individuals, families, and small businesses.Under these reforms, all individuals and employers have the right to purchase health insurance coverage regardless of…

Attend Health Care for All South Carolina’s Community Action Meeting March 9!

February 19, 2013

Healthcare for All – South Carolina, the state chapter of Physicians for National Health Program (PNHP) is hosting our first public event next month! What: Healthcare for All South Carolina – Community Action Meeting When: Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: Free; coffee, refreshments and snacks will be served Where: South Carolina’s…

[GRAPHIC] Who Are the New Medicaid Recipients?

February 15, 2013

[VIEWPOINT] It’s Not a Great Day in SC

February 14, 2013

“It’s a great day in South Carolina.” Or is it? Terry Plumb of HeraldOnline.com challenges this statement that Governor Nikki Haley orders state office workers to use when they greet their phone callers .  In addition to discussing the unemployment rate in the state and poor persons in SC, he also discusses the great Medicaid expansion…

Attend the Health Issues in SC Forum Feb. 21!

February 12, 2013

Advocates Urge SC Medicaid Expansion

February 11, 2013

State Medicaid expansion advocates urged state senators last week to expand Medicaid in South Carolina, which, if legislators don’t act on, could leave 300,000 South Carolinians without healthcare coverage. The advocates for expansion, representing the poor, mentally ill, disabled and retired residents, said it is about providing access to healthcare that enables them to work…

A Tale of Two Maps: Misdirection in the Medicaid Debate

January 27, 2013

As the future of South Carolina’s healthcare is hotly debated, it’s important to keep a close eye on the data being presented.  A pair of maps, presented as the number of people expected to participate with the Affordable Care Act in comparison to where the population need is, would suggest that the two sets of…

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Fiscal Cliff: What’s the Deal for Kids?

January 16, 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 – or, in other words, the fiscal cliff deal – improves children’s access to healthcare and extends the SNAP program, along with providing support for unemployed families. Our friends at First Focus have put together this informational fact sheet that gives more insight to the deal and what…

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…

Accept Medicaid Expansion in South Carolina

January 8, 2013

Medicaid expansion would work to provide more South Carolinians with affordable health care coverage. The following document provides information about some of the individuals and organizations that rely on Medicaid across the state: Accept ME in SC

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