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Despite Bad Economy, S.C. Makes Progress In Enrolling Kids

November 30, 2011

Press Release: New Analysis Shows State, National Progress in Extending Coverage Columbia – South Carolina made significant progress in reducing the number of uninsured children from 2008 to 2010, according to a new report released by the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and authored by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children…

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…

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…

SC DHHS Restores $13.8M In Cuts, Hospice Care

February 1, 2011

Health Agency To Halt Some Cuts In Services To Poor By JOHN O’CONNOR [email protected] Columbia resident Carolyn Stover said she was dismayed to learn last month that the state was cutting hospice care for her mother, Nellie. Monday, Stover was thanking God and citing the power of prayer after state officials said they will continue…

HHS: Health Reform Already Working

January 28, 2011

Without health reform ‘consumers and businesses would face higher premiums,’ Sebelius says. | AP Photo By: J. Lester Feder January 28, 2011 04:50 AM EST The Obama administration is firing back at one of the major attacks Republicans have leveled at the health reform law: that it will make insurance premiums rise. A report released…

Gov’t: Up To Half Of Americans Under 65 Have Pre-Existing Conditions, Face Denial By Insurers If Repeal Passes

January 18, 2011

By Amy Goldstein Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 9:07 AM As many as 129 million Americans under age 65 have medical problems that are red flags for health insurers, according to an analysis that marks the government’s first attempt to quantify the number of people at risk of being rejected by insurance…

S.C. Mandating Managed Care For Medicaid Patients

January 13, 2011

From The Associated Press: Published: Tuesday, 11 Jan 2011 | 5:24 PM ET COLUMBIA, S.C. – Most Medicaid patients in South Carolina will be required to choose a managed care plan starting this spring, a state agency announced Tuesday. With few exceptions, the state Department of Health and Human Services is getting rid of the…

ACA Imposes Transparency On Premium Rate Hikes

December 21, 2010

New proposed Affordable Care Act regulations announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will bring new transparency and scrutiny to proposed health insurance rate increases.  These proposed rules allow HHS to work with States to require insurers to publicly disclose and justify unreasonable rate increases. “Year after year, insurance company…

More Pain For The Poor Of South Carolina

December 13, 2010

SC Medicaid Plan: End Adult Dental, Hospice Care, Etc. By JIM DAVENPORT Associated Press The state’s Medicaid program plans to stop paying for adult dental, vision and hospice services and cut home health visits by a third for the state’s elderly and disabled in February. Meanwhile, the agency plans to eliminate routine infant circumcisions, cut…

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