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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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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What's at Stake for Young Adults if the ACA is Repealed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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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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Working, but Uninsured. Lynn's Story.

June 6, 2016

My name is Lynn Campbell and I am a resident of Edgefield County. I am currently uninsured and chose to share my personal story about my situation in hopes that together we can close the health insurance coverage gap in SC; not just for me, but for all of the others just like me in…

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George Shuler and the Coverage Gap

February 26, 2016

George Shuler was my brother. His life is an example of what can happen to those in the coverage gap, who are ineligible for Medicaid and make too little to qualify for the tax breaks offered under the Affordable Care Act. His death was an unnecessary tragedy. He was born in 1956 in Columbia, SC, the…

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What South Carolinians Think About Ryan’s Poverty Forum

January 8, 2016

This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty.  This Saturday, conservative leaders will gather in South Carolina for the “Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity” co-hosted by Speaker Paul Ryan and Senator Tim Scott. With an overall poverty rate of 18 percent in 2014, South Carolina ranks among the ten poorest states in the country and has one of…

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Luis is Left Out: A Story of Falling into the Health Insurance Coverage Gap

August 25, 2015

The numbers are in, uninsured rates have been dramatically declining, prices haven’t spiked, and people are getting the health care they need. However, some states haven’t taken full advantage of the Affordable Care Act through expanding Medicaid to cover those up to 138% of poverty. South Carolina is one of those states – leaving out…

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Children at Risk in South Carolina

August 7, 2015

The KIDS COUNT Data Book, a major initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, was first published in 1990 and provides each state with a ranking, percentage, and itemized summary based on four criteria to assess overall child well-being and shows us a picture of children at risk based on these criteria:  education; health; economic…

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