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Good News: S.C. Medicaid May Add 70,000 Kids To Program

October 25, 2011

From The Associated Press: By Seanna Adcox Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 COLUMBIA, S.C. — The director of South Carolina’s Medicaid agency wants to make it easier for low-income children who already qualify for health care coverage to enroll, saying Monday it’s a conservative step toward meeting a huge unfunded liability looming in 2014. Director Tony…

More S.C. Residents Go Without Health Coverage

September 15, 2011

From The Greenville News: The Taylors Free Medical Clinic has seen a 25 percent increase in the number of people seeking health care over the past two years, sometimes getting so busy they must turn new patients away. By Liv Osby | Staff Writer 1:17 AM, Sep. 14, 2011 The Taylors Free Medical Clinic has…

Check This Healthcare Fact Sheet; Know What You’re Owed

September 1, 2011

Preventive Services Covered by Private Health Plans Under the ACA The Affordable Care Act created new requirements that private insurers cover preventive services, including routine immunizations, screenings for conditions such as cancer and high cholesterol, and preventive services for women. A new fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation outlines these prevention requirements and discusses…

Those With Special Health Needs Have Much To Lose

July 20, 2011

From The Hill: By Julian Pecquet – 07/14/11 11:05 AM ET Advocates for people with disabilities and special health needs are out in force as President Obama and lawmakers weigh deep cuts to Medicaid as part of debt-ceiling talks. Georgetown’s Health Policy Institute released a report Thursday concluding that almost eight in 10 children with…

Cutting Medicaid: Taking A Step Backwards

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Maggie Kozel–7/15/11 10:32 AM ET I spent my formative years as a pediatrician in the U.S. Navy, and so it happened that I was a seasoned pediatrician of nearly 10 years before I had my first experience with Medicaid. I left the Navy for civilian practice in 1990. Moving from the…

Religious Groups Rally Against Medicaid Cuts

June 30, 2011

From The Hill:  By Julian Pecquet – 06/28/11 03:30 PM ET   The nation’s largest Jewish organization announced Tuesday that it’s convening other religious groups to fight Medicaid cuts, the same day a nonpartisan coalition of providers and health plans separately launched an ad campaign against the cuts. The Jewish Federation of North America says it’s…

KidsWell Campaign

June 30, 2011

KidsWell Campaign Launches Website and Online Resource Hub for Health Reform Implementation KidsWell, a campaign dedicated to the successful implementation of federal health reform for America’s children, launched, a website monitoring state and national health care reform implementation and opposition across the country. First Focus Campaign for Children is a partner of the KidsWell…

Report Stresses Medicaid’s Efficacy

June 13, 2011

From First Focus: New Report Reveals Medicaid’s Enormous Success in Protecting Children & Vulnerable Populations Washington D.C. – Today, with threats of serious budget cuts looming, a new report demonstrates the effectiveness of the Medicaid program in addressing the health and financial needs of children and other vulnerable populations. The synthesis, entitled Medicaid Works: A…

Breakfast Burritos = Brighter Futures

May 3, 2011

This site focuses on health care reform and Medicaid, but we should not neglect nutrition’s role in building a healthy, productive state. So today we look westward and salute our colleagues at New Mexico Appleseed, who helped pass a pioneering bill that provides breakfast burritos to some 55,000 elementary school students in that state’s poorest…

10 Ways Healthcare Repeal Would Harm Children

January 13, 2011

From Huffington Post: By Bruce Lesley and Lisa Shapiro Posted: January 8, 2011 10:50 AM As is the ritual in Washington every two years, this week Congress began a new legislative session with Republican John Boehner (R-OH) holding the Speaker’s gavel. In remarks opening the 112th Session, Speaker Boehner recognized the enormous challenges of our…

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