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[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 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…

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…

The ACA Toolbox for Healthcare Reform

February 5, 2013

In their blog post “The ACA Toolbox for Health Reform: What State Health Leaders Aren’t Telling the General Assembly,”  The Ruoff Group points out that health care coverage expansion is integral to meet cost effectiveness and improve healthcare, not contrary to them, as SC’s Director of Health and Human Services, Tony Keck, is telling the General…

First Focus

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…

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

[GRAPHIC] Where Do States Stand on Medicaid Expansion?

December 9, 2012

Via: The Advisory Board Company

Study Outlines Positive Effects ACA Medicaid Expansion Would Have on SC

December 7, 2012

The University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business recently analyzed the impact the Affordable Care Act’s  Medicaid expansion would have on South Carolina’s economy. And the findings are extremely positive. The Moore School of Business reports: If South Carolina chooses to participate in the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, it would generate approximately $11.2 billion between…

Medicaid Reform

ACA Medicaid Expansion Brings Low Cost, Expanded Coverage to Millions

November 27, 2012

A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation states that if all states were to enact the Medicaid expansion under President Obama’s Affordable Care Act,  an additional 21.3 million individuals would gain Medicaid coverage by 2022, only costing states about three percent more than the current rate. “States are deciding whether to expand the Medicaid…

Kathleen Sebelius

New Health Insurance Reform Rules Released

November 21, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of guidelines setting out to end discrimination against the sick, and guarantee minimum benefits for Americans who currently are not covered by health insurance but will be once the new health care law is enacted January 1, 2014. The guidelines, released by Secretary Kathleen…

U.S. to Sponsor Two Nationwide Health Insurance Plans

October 30, 2012

President Obama’s health care law is finally in motion. According to an article by Robert Pear of The New York Times, the Obama administration will begin to sponsor two nationwide health care plans that will be offered in every state. These plans are a substitute for a pure government-run health insurance program and will increase…

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