SC Medicaid Stories Project

Medicaid plays an essential role in the lives of over 1.2 million South Carolinians each year. It provides huge cost-savings for low-income people and families. It does this by giving coverage for everything from preventive care and therapy to medicines and serious surgeries and procedures.

There are still many South Carolinians that don't have access to health care though. Many fall into what we call a “coverage gap”. This is where they do not qualify for Medicaid and cannot afford health insurance from the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The Medicaid Stories Project aims to share the stories of real South Carolinian’s and their experiences with the Medicaid program. We not only hear the many ways Medicaid has helped individuals in South Carolina, but also from those struggling to apply for the program and get the support they need. We share these diverse stories as a reminder that health care is more than just policy, it's a human right.

Sheena’s Medicaid Story

In this video Sheena shares how valuable Medicaid has been to her children’s health and well-being. Sheena’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in South Carolina and have experience…

Wendy’s Medicaid Story

In this video Wendy shares how valuable Medicaid has been to her children’s health and well-being. Wendy’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in South Carolina and have experience…

Terri’s Medicaid Story

In this video Terri shares how Medicaid has played an essential role in providing services for her and her family. Terri’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in South…

Sarah’s Medicaid Story

In this video we meet Sarah who shares how Medicaid helped cover long term health care needs for her grandchildren. Sarah’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in South…

Nicol’s Medicaid Story

In this video Nicol shares how Medicaid helped enable him to obtain services to help with his son’s speech issues. Nicol’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in South…

Patricia’s Medicaid Story

In this video Patricia shares how Medicaid has been crucial in helping cover her daughter’s emergency and her children’s well-being in general. Patricia’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live…

Leslee’s Medicaid Story

In this video we meet Leslee who talked about how she was able to find help obtaining Medicaid, which has played an important role in providing annual health care for her kids. Leslee’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s…

Karla’s Medicaid Story

In this video Karla shares how Medicaid has been crucial in helping cover her son’s injury and his well-being in general. Karla’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in…

Jennifer’s Medicaid Story

In this video Jennifer shares how Medicaid has helped play an important role in taking care of her daughter’s medical needs. Jennifer’s story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it’s played in improving lives in the state. Do you live in…

Eva’s Medicaid Story

In this video Eva shares how Medicaid played a critical role in helping cover her son’s medical and therapeutic needs. This story is part of the Medicaid Stories Project, which aims to share South Carolinian experiences with the program and the role it plays in improving lives in the state. Do you live in South…

Healthcare Stories from South Carolina

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…

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…

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…

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…

I have to sacrifice me. Charleston Healthcare Stories

August 18, 2009

Judy L. Although eighty-two years old and partially paralyzed from a recent stroke, mother fights the idea of dying with each breath.  Her family is grateful that she has such a spirit, allowing us more time with her. When we sat down to discuss what mother would want with a health care professional, mother was…