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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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Victory for low-income people in the King v. Burwell decision

June 30, 2015

The Supreme Court was right to recognize that health reform in the recent decision on King v. Burwell provides tax credits for consumers in all states. Now it’s time for people on both sides of the aisle to accept that the law is working and take important steps to fully implement it.    The Court…

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King v. Burwell: What it Means for South Carolina

June 17, 2015

In the coming weeks, the United States Supreme Court  will rule in the case of King v. Burwell, having far-reaching effects on health care in America. The issue to be decided is whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows consumers to receive tax credits to help pay for insurance in the 34 states (including South…

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The Waiting Room: The Difference Affordable Healthcare Makes

April 16, 2015

Another guest blog this week by Randy Moore, an Appleseed intern, who shares his personal experience with having insurance because of the Affordable Care Act, after many years without.   The Senate Finance Committee will debate the “Healthy SC” amendment this week to provide a private option plan for affordable healthcare. Healthy SC would close that healthcare…

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Medicaid and the Health Insurance Coverage Gap in South Carolina

March 26, 2015

In South Carolina, 194,000 uninsured residents fall into the health insurance coverage gap and are unable to enroll in Medicaid or get tax credits to help buy coverage in the new marketplace. These South Carolinians fall below 100 percent of the federal poverty level guidelines ($20,090 for a family of three and $11,770 for an…

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Open Enrollment for Low Cost Health Insurance Re-opens Sunday March 15th!

November 13, 2014

***Update: March 10th, 2015*** The federal government has opened a special health insurance open enrollment period for tax season. The special period will begin on March 15, 2015 and will remain open until April 30, 2015. Some consumers were unaware of or did not understand the tax implications of not enrolling in coverage. Those who…

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South Carolina | #YourVoteCounts

October 29, 2014

 With the 2014 South Carolina election less than two weeks away, we bring you… #YourVoteCounts At SC Appleseed, we know that voting is a way of connecting to and caring about our neighborhoods, our government, and the direction of public policy in South Carolina.  On Tuesday, November 4th, every vote counts. Every vote is a way to…

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