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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…

Expanding Medicaid Will Benefit Both Low-Income Women and Their Babies

April 18, 2013

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…

Legislators Champion Bill to Bring Mental Health Services to More Public School Children

March 6, 2013

Preventive care and treatment for children with mental illness is the focus of a bill that has been introduced in Congress. The bill would provide funding to increase access to mental health services for children in public schools. Senator Al Franken is sponsoring the bill, called the Mental Health in Schools Act. He says it is intended…

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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…

[AUDIO] Medicaid for South Carolina Children

November 6, 2012

Listen as South Carolina Appleseed’s Director Sue Berkowitz discusses the annoucement of Medicaid enrollment for children in South Carolina, and shares what it means for the state. [soundcloud url=”″ iframe=”true” /]

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…

Health Reform: Seven Things You Need to Know Now

September 20, 2012

Still unclear about health reform? Consumer Reports just released this guide, Seven Things You Need to Know Now: What are your thoughts? Did it clarify things for you?

Patients over Politics Doctors for Healthcare Tour

August 23, 2012

Hope you will join us to support healthcare for all in our country on September 2, 2012 @ 1 pm for Patients over Politics Doctors for Healthcare Tour, Bibleway Church of Atlas Road MORE INFO:

Implementing the Affordable Care Act’s Insurance Reforms: Consumer Recommendations for Regulators and Lawmakers

August 15, 2012

This month a team of professionals serving as consumer representatives to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) organized a recommendation report to assist regulators, lawmakers and the NAIC during implementation of the comprehensive insurance reforms.  It discusses details of reforms of private insurance that should be considered as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. VIEW REPORT

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