The Uncertain Future of the Medicaid Program

February 27, 2017

The entire system of healthcare coverage is currently under attack in Congress. First, Congressional Leadership and the new Administration came after the Affordable Care Act, and now they have set their sights on the Medicaid program. Medicaid provides healthcare for approximately 1 million people in our state each year, including more than 630,000 children. In…

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New Guidelines for Prioritizing Undocumented Immigrants for Deportation

February 22, 2017

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued new rules for how undocumented immigrants will be prioritized for arrest, detention and deportation. The reality is there are not enough immigration and border patrol agents, detention centers and immigration Judges. Because of this, former President Obama created policy on who was a priority for deportation. The guidelines under…

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Where to find you Legislators…

February 22, 2017

Some members of SC’s Congressional delegation will be holding town halls in their districts during Congress’ recess, others are also scheduling events in the weeks following the recess, as well. For your information, these are the the locations and times that we know of, so far: Legislator Date & Time Location Additional Information TBA TBA TBA  TBA…

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Understanding President Trump's Executive Orders: Refugees

February 17, 2017

Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States The order aims to limit people, whether through visa or as a refugee, from entering the United States by doing the following. Note that right now the Executive Order is in litigation. Suspend efforts to provide visas to individuals from certain countries.…

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Understanding President Trump's Executive Orders: Deportations

February 17, 2017

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States This order will increase the removal of undocumented immigrants by doing the following: Make certain immigrants a priority for deportation. Those immigrants are – ones who have been convicted of a crime, charged with a crime, committed fraud in social service programs, or…

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Understanding President Trump's Executive Orders: Immigration & Border

February 17, 2017

Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements The order focuses on border security in several ways: Requiring the building a wall staffed by local, state, and federal officers. Adding up to an additional 5,000 border agents. Staffing detention centers with immigration judges, so that trials can happen more quickly. Ending the “catch and release”…

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ACA Voices: Nicole In Her Own Words

February 13, 2017

I am a full-time graduate student at USC, and I was enrolled in their health care coverage plan because I am over 26.  Tending to school and internship requirements, I can only work part-time, and because of this, I am not able to receive insurance through my employer. After reviewing what services were provided through…

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PRESS RELEASE: Proposed fast-track legislation puts SC consumers at risk

February 6, 2017

Sens Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott Urged to Reject Measure to Block Fraud and Fee Protections on Prepaid Cards Obscure, fast-track law would stop CFPB prepaid card rule CONTACT: Sue Berkowitz (803)779-1113 x101  Columbia, SC  – February 6,  2017 – South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center today called on South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and…

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ACA Voices: Janet's Story

February 3, 2017

In 1996, I opened a business modifying buildings for people with disabilities using the American with Disabilities Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG). I owned and operated the Accessibility Center of South Carolina for several years as a single mother of four without incident. Being a responsible parent requires intention, and I knew that; however, what I didn’t…

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What is the BRIDGE Act?

February 1, 2017

The BRIDGE Act* is bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). If passed, the BRIDGE Act would allow individuals who are eligible— along with those who have already received relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—to remain in the United States without the daily threat of deportation. At…

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