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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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What's at Stake for Young Adults if the ACA is Repealed

January 18, 2017

While one of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage for all, young adults have benefitted more than many! Overall, 6.1 million young people have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA’s passage, including 2.3 million who remained on their parents’ plan and 3.8 million who…

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The ACA saved my life…my turn to help save the ACA!

January 13, 2017

My name is Abigail, and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. In 2009, I was a student athlete competing in cross country and was involved in choir in high school. I was also at the peak of my medical crisis suffering from chronic migraines that were debilitating. After receiving many tests, my doctors found that I…

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I send Tomás to…you.

January 12, 2017

Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham and a bipartisan coalition of legislators filed the BRIDGE* Act, which would continue the protections of the highly successful DACA program and provide protections to immigrants who arrived in the US as children.  We need you to contact Sen. Tim Scott to ask him to support this legislation alongside Sen. Graham.…

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Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement Hurts Seniors

January 9, 2017

Every day, whether seniors need to see a doctor, receive care in their home, or pay for prescription drugs, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are lifelines for older adults. However, the entire health care system upon which older adults rely is at risk in the new Congress. Changes to the ACA will…

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Hungry in the US. Hungry in South Carolina.

September 13, 2016

More than 42.2 million Americans lived in households that were struggling against hunger in 2015, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service. The 2015 numbers represent a significant decrease from 2014, with the rate declining from 15.4 to 13.4 percent. “These numbers of people struggling in food-insecure households…

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DACA Program Update: Extended Renewal Wait Times

August 29, 2016

Stay Ahead of the Game! DACA renewal wait times are now around six months. (Español abajo) South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center received word last week that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are having to wait approximately six (6) months to receive their renewed documents from the United States Citizenship…

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In His Own Words – DACA's 4th Anniversary

August 25, 2016

Monday of last week marked the 4th Anniversary of the date when the first applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) were submitted on August 15, 2012. The DACA program, first announced by President Obama in June 2012, gives immigrant youth who were between the ages of 15 and 31 who came to the…

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A Look at Economic Inequality in SC¢

August 8, 2016

Though America’s economic expansion is now in its seventh year, many South Carolina communities remain distressed, crimping residents’ chances of achieving economic stability or success in their lifetimes, according to a new study. The February 2016 report, by the Economic Innovation Group, a Washington-based nonprofit research and advocacy group, said 30 percent of South Carolina…

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