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What the Administration’s New SNAP Rule Means For South Carolina (And What You Can Do About It)

February 27, 2019

In December, the Administration proposed a rule change designed to undermine Congress and decrease states’ ability to feed their hungriest residents. The proposed rule was announced on the same day as the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and effectively would add strict time limits to SNAP benefits despite Congress having rejected these harsh terms…

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Press Release: CFPB Move to Gut Payday Consumer Protections Will Harm South Carolina Families

February 7, 2019

Eliminating Protections Will Keep People Ensnared in Payday Debt Trap Columbia, SC — Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) moved to gut the agency’s own consumer protections against predatory lenders, leaving South Carolina families exposed to the harms of payday and car-title lending. South Carolina Appleseed strongly opposes this action and urges that the CFPB’s 2017 rule…

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To the Residents of Allen Benedict Court:

February 1, 2019

To Residents of Allen Benedict Court: We know that recent events at Allen Benedict have made things difficult for residents. Able South Carolina and the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center want you to know that we’re here to help. Please contact us using the information below if you have faced: Problems with temporary housing (e.g.,…

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How Everyone in South Carolina Will Suffer From Medicaid Work Requirements

January 30, 2019

Last week, we blogged about how many people support work requirements and other measures to reduce Medicaid coverage because they believed lies about Medicaid and the people on it. Contrary to what many people think, most people on Medicaid are either unable to work (children, the elderly and people with disabilities) or need the coverage…

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Important Information About SNAP (Food Stamps) During the Government Shut Down

January 16, 2019

(Español abajo) February SNAP benefits will be received early—on January 17th—because of the federal government shutdown. Yesterday afternoon the SC Department of Social Services released important information related to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) for February that will affect about 231,000 households in our state. This information is urgent for SNAP beneficiaries in our state.…

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South Carolina is Threatening the Healthcare of Thousands–Based on Lies

January 14, 2019

In December, while most of us were preparing for holidays and the New Year, South Carolina’s Medicaid agency proposed new work-related reporting rules. These new rules would apply only to parents and caretaker relatives with incomes below 67 percent of the poverty line who are insured through Medicaid. To remain on Medicaid, these parents and…

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Join us to take a stand against harmful Medicaid work requirements in SC

January 7, 2019

Proposed Medicaid work requirements would cause real harm for vulnerable, low-income South Carolina parents. South Carolina’s Medicaid agency is pursuing a rule change, creating work requirements for those on Medicaid. The rule would force low-income South Carolina parents with Medicaid coverage to prove they have a job or risk losing their health benefits. These work…

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Press Release: Number of Uninsured Children in South Carolina Jumps 20 Percent

November 29, 2018

Georgetown University Report Shows Nationwide Increase for the First Time in a Decade SC Appleseed Media Contact: Sue Berkowitz | [email protected] | Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Media Contact: Cathy Hope | [email protected]   The number of uninsured children in South Carolina climbed from about 50,000 to 60,000 in the past year, reversing…

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How the New Public Charge Rule Would Create More Problems…And Solve None

November 20, 2018

Last month, the Administration made public a new proposed policy, broadly expanding the forms of public assistance counted when making a “public charge” determination for those applying for permanent residence (green card) status.  Though the proposed rule has changed from the initial leaked drafts earlier in the year, the fear the administration has stoked is…

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Introducing Clean Slate

November 15, 2018

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans has a criminal record, with even minor offenses carrying a stigma. With nearly 9 in 10 employers, 4 in 5 landlords, and 3 in 5 colleges screening criminal background checks, this can bring a life sentence of poverty. We believe that people with criminal records paid their debt to society…

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