Posted on May 23, 2013 by scjustice
A poll released yesterday reveals that expanding the Medicaid program as called for in the Affordable Care Act has the solid support—a 62 percent favorable response—of a broad mix of residents in the five southern states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.
In South Carolina, 65.2% of respondents supported Medicaid expansion for our state.
A similar poll done by Winthrop University in April 2013 found slightly more than half of South Carolinians say they support Medicaid expansion.
Despite having the support of most South Carolinians, the South Carolina Legislature has refused to accept the federal funding for Medicaid expansion this year. This effectively means that our Governor and state legislators who are resisting the Medicaid expansion are out-of-step with their constituents. Those of us fighting for the expansion understand that not only will broader Medicaid coverage save lives and end unnecessary suffering, it will also stimulate job growth and the economy in our state. Declining the Medicaid expansion now means that even as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation begins, over 200,000 people in our state will continue to have no health insurance coverage. We will and must continue to fight to close that gap.
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Posted on May 1, 2013 by scjustice
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Tuesday, April 30, 2013 that the application for health coverage has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals without health insurance has been reduced from twenty-one to three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds. The consumer friendly forms are much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.
In addition, for the first time consumers will be able to fill out one simple application and see their entire range of health insurance options, including plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and tax credits that will help pay for premiums.
The applications released today, which can be submitted starting on October 1, can be found here: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/other/index.html#hie
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Posted on April 18, 2013 by scjustice
For SC Appleseed and our partners in South Carolina, this is yet another example of how accepting the federal dollars for Medicaid support would not only help close gaps in the health coverage, but could be a critical game changer for countless low-income South Carolinians.
According to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priority, nearly 6 million women between the ages of 19-44 who do not have insurance could gain health coverage if all states expand their Medicaid programs in 2014 under health reform.
When women have health coverage before becoming pregnant as well as between pregnancies, they are healthier during pregnancy and their babies are more likely to be healthy at birth, research shows. Yet today, millions of low-income women do not have access to continuous health coverage. Instead, under current eligibility rules, many women become eligible for Medicaid only when they become pregnant, and then lose that coverage soon after giving birth.
The Medicaid expansion is therefore a vital opportunity for states to close gaps in the health coverage of low-income women, many of whom can only gain coverage when they are pregnant under current eligibility rules. Ensuring continuous coverage would improve the health of women and their babies, which would lower Medicaid costs related to delivery and postnatal care. Read the full report here.
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