Information for South Carolina Disaster Nutrition Assistance:
Individuals in several South Carolina counties who receive SNAP benefits may be eligible to receive additional assistance to replace food lost during Hurricane Florence. Check the link below for complete details.
September 19, 2018 Update:
- On September 19, 2018, FNS approved South Carolina’ waiver request for timely household reporting of food loss for the following counties. This waiver approval will allow households that suffered power outages due to a household misfortune to make a request for replacement of SNAP benefits through October 15, 2018. These replacement SNAP benefits will allow households to replace food lost due to Hurricane Florence.
South Carolina Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Website:
If you think you may be eligible for disaster food assistance in your State, please contact your local State office
South Carolina Association of Counties Disaster Recovery Information:
Medicaid Information from SCDHHS
The purpose of this bulletin is to describe state and federal efforts to ensure continued access to care during the emergency response to Hurricane Florence and the impact of these efforts will have on Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries and providers.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) is committed to ensuring reimbursement for services rendered by qualified providers, in good faith, during this emergency response period. Accordingly, SCDHHS implemented several emergency response provisions, which included:
- Allowing beneficiaries to replace certain prescription drugs and medical equipment lost during the emergency in excess of customary limitations;
- Authorizing reimbursement for medical care from in-state, out-of-network providers; and
- Relaxing prior authorization requirements for certain medically necessary and time-sensitive services.
In addition to these prior actions, on Sept. 11, 2018, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (US HHS), Alex M. Azar II, authorized the waiver of certain administrative requirements relevant to beneficiaries and providers participating in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With this authority, SCDHHS is implementing the following additional flexibilities:
- Reimbursement for medically necessary and time-sensitive services rendered during the emergency response period by qualified providers currently not enrolled with or otherwise pre-approved by SCDHHS.
- Reimbursement for services provided by individuals not certified or licensed in the State of South Carolina, if the rendering provider holds an equivalent license in another state and is not specifically prohibited from practicing in the State of South Carolina.
- Suspension of civil sanctions under 1877(g) of the Social Security Act, relating to prohibited physician referral, only to ensure the timely provision of necessary services during the emergency response.
Providers should note that their obligations under state and federal licensing and certification requirements not specifically addressed by the 1135 waiver authority remain unchanged. At this time South Carolina has activated limited Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) agreements with several states. Providers interested in assisting with medical care through an EMAC request should contact their state emergency management agency. All other out-of-state providers intending to provide care in South Carolina during the emergency response period should contact the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (SC LLR) at www.llr.sc.gov or (803) 896-4300 for guidance on state reciprocity and emergency licensure.
Further, SCDHHS is not waiving determination and certification of medical necessity for services requiring such a determination, only their review and prior authorization.
SCDHHS intends to issue future detailed guidance regarding the process for enrollment and reimbursement of providers not currently participating in the South Carolina Medicaid program who render services to South Carolina Medicaid beneficiaries during the emergency response period.
In addition to SCDHHS actions, providers should be aware that Secretary Azar’s 1135 waiver applies to the State of North Carolina, including its Medicaid program. South Carolina providers rendering services for displaced North Carolina Medicaid recipients should contact the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Benefits at: https://medicaid.ncdhhs.gov/contact.
Providers with questions about this bulletin should call the Provider Service Center at (888) 289-0709.
Home Repair After the Stor
South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD)
- SCEMD is responsible for managing preparation, response, and recovery from major disasters.
- SCEMD gives support to local first responders.
- SCEMD does not offer its own recovery program. If the President declares an event a disaster, this may make federal programs available to you through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- Visit SCEMD.org for more information on other agencies that provide help.
Tips when talking to contractors:
- South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control keeps a list of licensed contractors. Visit www.scdhec.gov for more information.
- DO ask to see the contractor’s license. Make sure it matches the person showing it. You can check their license at www.llr.state.sc.us.
- DO find out how long the contractor has been in business and ask for references.
- DO get an agreement in writing. Make sure to read the whole agreement and all blanks are filled in. Make sure the contractor’s name, contact information, license number and a description of the work is on the agreement. The agreement should also show the date the work is to be done and any warranties.
- DON’T hire a contractor who demands payment in advance.
- DON’T sign anything saying the work is done until you are happy with the work.
- DON’T pay in cash.
- DON’T pull the construction permits yourself.
Beware of Scams!
- Check your insurance adjuster is licensed by going to the S.C. Department of Insurance at www.doi.sc.gov.
- Make sure anyone who says they are from the FEMA or Small Business Administration (SBA) has a laminated ID card. Clothing alone is not proof they are who they say.
- If you suspect fraud or price-gouging, report it to the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office by calling 803-734-3970.
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to see what losses are covered.
- Try to document your losses by taking pictures of the damage. You may also write a list of any property that was damaged or destroyed.
- If you have trouble with your insurance company or think they improperly denied your claim, you can make a complaint with S.C. Department of Insurance by calling 800-768-3467.
All cases are different. You may want to contact a lawyer to help you.