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Caring for South Carolina’s Children – The role of EPSDT in Children’s Healthcare

May 30, 2018

“I sleep good at night because I take care of my kids well,” stated Mrs. Johnson, of her twin sons. Mrs. Johnson’s sons are both on the Autism Spectrum, and she participated in a recent focus group conducted by South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center to learn about parents’ and caregivers’ understanding of their children’s…

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SC Appleseed Response to Gov. McMaster’s 2018 State of the State Address

January 26, 2018

On Wednesday night, Gov. McMaster gave his first “State of the State” address. In the end, what he offered felt like little more than pandering and empty promises—albeit with a handshake and a smile. While speaking of “New Prosperity” and broad tax cuts, he conveniently omitted that the proposed cuts would largely benefit those who…

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment is coming—11/1/17-12/15/17! #GETCOVERED for 2018!

October 6, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the law of the land. Since 2014 – over 22 million people in the United Sates have gained access to affordable, quality health insurance including over 230,000 South Carolinians! In a few short weeks, the Open Enrollment period for 2018 health care coverage will begin. This year, Open Enrollment…

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Statement: Senate’s Last Ditch Attempt to Repeal the ACA Fails.

July 28, 2017

Today, I am incredibly relieved and encouraged by the outcome of the Senate vote on the last ditch attempt to rush through the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Even without direct cuts to Medicaid, the “skinny repeal” bill that was narrowly voted down would have resulted in a loss of health care coverage for 16…

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How the Senate Heath Care bill will hurt South Carolina

June 23, 2017

The US Senate has finally revealed a draft of the healthcare bill they have been drafting in secret to repeal integral provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We now understand why the 13 working members responsible for the draft have been reluctant to let anyone see the proposal, as the bill will have dire…

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Five Things You Can Do TODAY to make a difference!

May 17, 2017

These days it can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of the difficult and concerning decisions and events happening both locally and at a national level. It can also be easy to feel powerless to do anything to make change. Your voice is important. There are simple things you can do that can have a…

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Drafting Your Own Story: A Letter to the Editor

May 17, 2017

The Basics Write from the heart and keep your letter short – less than 200 words. Each Letter to the Editor (LTE) may have different directions, so always check the editorial page of the paper or website. Start with a strong statement explaining your main idea– grab the reader’s attention! Come up with a catchy…

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Chloe’s Medicaid Story

March 13, 2017

This letter was sent to us by Chloe’s mother, Amy Bredeson of Bluffton, SC. Chloe receives healthcare coverage through the Medicaid TEFRA program. The letter paints a powerful picture of what is at stake if Medicaid funding is reduced through the GOP’s proposed “per capita cap” system. Her letter is not only the words of a mother pleading…

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FamiliesUSA: Actually Mr. President, the Affordable Care Act Has Been a Huge Success in Kentucky.

March 2, 2017

This blog post was published by FamiliesUSA in response to remarks made by the President claiming the Affordable Care Act is “failing” in Kentucky—a state the fully embraced the opportunity to open an in-state marketplace and expand Medicaid under the ACA. At the same time, it highlights the opportunity South Carolina missed by not embracing the…

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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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