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No Surprises Act Protects South Carolinian’s from Unexpected Bills

February 15, 2022

On January 1, 2022, a new law went into effect called the No Surprises Act. Prior to the act, if you had health insurance and received care from an out-of-network provider or facility, there was a chance you would not be covered in any way by your health plan, causing you to receive a surprise…

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Who Benefits from Medicaid Expansion in South Carolina?

June 9, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law in early March of this year. The bill helped extend popular COVID relief benefits through June. It also led to the expansion of many programs and benefits for low-income communities in the United States. Some of the benefits include: Making Child Tax Credit…

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South Carolina Appleseed Welcomes American Rescue Plan, Calls For More Action

March 16, 2021

Last week, the American Rescue Plan delivering relief to millions of Americans was signed into law. The bill extends some relief measures already in place, while also expanding other programs and benefits. The American Rescue Plan: Provides $1,400 stimulus payments, per person. Extends the $300 per week unemployment benefits. Expands the Child Tax Credit &…

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Quick Information On The Special Enrollment Period (Spring 2021)

February 16, 2021

En Espanol To sign up, go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ The Special Enrollment Period (SEP) started February 15 and ends May 15.  It’s just like open enrollment all over again – no restrictions, no requirements, no SEP eligibility needed! Plans will start the first of the month after plan selection. Consumers will have 30 days after they…

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Southerners in Eight States Unite to Fight for Medicaid Expansion

September 23, 2020

As South Carolina and the rest of the country faces the worst public health and economic crisis in decades, Southerners in eight non-expansion states are uniting for the first time ever, to demand affordable healthcare for our essential workers, communities of color and rural hospitals.    The newly formed Southerners for Medicaid Expansion coalition will…

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ACA Facing Most Dangerous Challenge Yet

June 30, 2020

This month, the Supreme Court received briefs in a case seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) brought last year by 18 Republican lead states, including South Carolina. In addition to briefs filed by states backing the case, the Trump administration also submitted a brief asking for the ACA to be overturned. A decision…

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South Carolina Appleseed’s Letter to the South Carolina Congressional Delegation

May 18, 2020

For a PDF version of this file click here. RE:     Federal policy recommendations to ensure future COVID-19 relief efforts include South Carolina’s Immigrant Families Dear Honorable United States Senators and Representatives of South Carolina: South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center writes to urge South Carolina’s Congressional Delegation to ensure that future federal COVID-19 relief efforts…

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Statement: Congress Must Pass the HEROES Act.

May 14, 2020

South Carolina Appleseed calls on Congress to pass the HEROES Act. The Act is the comprehensive action that is necessary to meet the unprecedented need in South Carolina and across the country. If the bill becomes law, the HEROES Act will: Boost SNAP’s maximum allotment by 15 percent, Provide direct aid and fiscal relief to…

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Statement: South Carolina Appleseed Applauds Supreme Court Decision, But More Work Must Be Done.

April 28, 2020

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an 8-1 decision in the case Maine Community Health Options v. United States. The court ruled that the federal government must live up to its promise to shield insurance companies from some of the risks they took in participating in the ACA…

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The 2020 Public Charge Rule: What South Carolina’s Immigrant Families Need to Know

January 30, 2020

Puede encontrar una versión en español de esta publicación aquí. Note: this post was last updated March 3, 2020. As of February 24, 2020, the new public charge rule is in effect.  Here’s what immigrant families in South Carolina need to know about the new public charge rule: What is “Public Charge”? The “public charge…

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