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Premium Cuts For Consumers With Preexisting Conditions

July 5, 2011

From The Washington Post: By Michelle Andrews–July 4 Uninsured sick people got some good news recently, or some of them did, anyway. Starting July 1, the Obama administration reduced the premiums by up to 40 percent in special high-risk insurance plans that the federal government is running in 17 states and the District. These preexisting condition…

Is A Health Insurance Exchange In S.C. A Reality?

June 22, 2011

From Charleston City Paper: Clay Middleton–June 22, 2011 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed last year by Congress requires all states to set up a health insurance exchange program. While South Carolina is one of 26 states to sue the federal government over this law, it does not prevent these states from working…

Contradicting Surveys Create Public Confusion

June 22, 2011

From The New York Times: Douglas Holtz-Eakin headed a group of 105 economists opposed to the ACA By MILT FREUDENHEIM— June 20, 2011 The debate over the effects of the federal health care law on employer-provided insurance has been intensifying in recent weeks, with controversial polls and consultants contradicting one another about whether employees will…

Top Six Health Care Myths Peddled At GOP Debate

June 15, 2011

From Think Progress: By Igor Volsky on Jun 14, 2011 at 9:07 am The seven Republicans who took part in yesterday’s presidential debate in New Hampshire all promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering alternatives for expanding access to insurance or lowering health care costs. Instead, the GOP fudged the facts of the law and…

Medicaid Survives In S.C. For Another Fiscal Year

June 15, 2011

From Greenville Online: BY LIV OSBY • STAFF WRITER • PUBLISHED: JUNE 15. 2011 2:00AM Medicaid services will continue through the rest of the fiscal year now that the State Budget and Control Board has voted to fund the Department of Health and Human Services’ remaining budget shortfall. Last fall, DHHS said it would have to…

SC Medicaid Cuts Projected To Save $125 Million

June 8, 2011

From Businessweek: By SEANNA ADCOX–COLUMBIA, S.C. South Carolina’s Medicaid agency announced Monday it plans to cut fees paid to doctors, dentists and other medical providers by between 2 percent and 7 percent next month. The announcement follows 3 percent across-the-board cuts enacted in April for those who treat the state’s poor and disabled, expected to…

SC Healthcare Poviders Take Hit With Medicaid Cuts

June 7, 2011

From GreenvilleOnline.com: By Liv Osby• Staff writer• Published: June 07. 2011 2:00AM Health-care providers across South Carolina will take a hit to their 2012 Medicaid reimbursements, and state officials, providers and advocates for the disabled and elderly disagree on whether that could impact access to care. State officials say access won’t be affected, but some…

S.C. Doctors, Hospitals At Loss With Medicaid Cuts

June 7, 2011

From The State: By WAYNE WASHINGTON–Tuesday, Jun. 07, 2011 The state Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced a second round of cuts in payments to doctors and hospitals who treat the poor and disabled. The state also said it would increase the co-payments that Medicaid patients must pay for their care. The…

S.C. Ignores Federal Aid To Help Uninsured Get Coverage

June 6, 2011

From The Post & Courier: By Renee Dudley [email protected] Saturday, June 4, 2011 . The Haley administration is leaving hundreds of thousands of federal health-care dollars in limbo when the money could be spent right away to help uninsured residents, patient advocates said. For the second time in recent weeks, advocates said consumers are being…

Study: Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Cost S.C. 5,000 Jobs

March 11, 2011

An exclusive from The State: By JOHN O’CONNOR  Friday, Mar. 11, 2011 S.C. hospitals, doctors and other health care businesses could cut 5,000 jobs if legislators approve a proposal to reduce what medical providers are paid to treat poor and disabled patients, according to a University of South Carolina study. A spending plan for the…

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