Posted on November 21, 2012 by scjustice
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of guidelines setting out to end discrimination against the sick, and guarantee minimum benefits for Americans who currently are not covered by health insurance but will be once the new health care law is enacted January 1, 2014.
The guidelines, released by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, give more detail as to how the Obama Administration will allow access to healthcare to those with pre-existing conditions and how health insurance exchanges work. In addition, proposed rules about new consumer protections for wellness and preventative healthcare coverage was also laid out.
December 14 is the deadline for states to tell the federal government if they plan on participating in the health care exchange program, which will offer consumers private insurance at subsidized rates beginning in October with open enrollment. So far, 17 states have agreed to participate in the exchange program.
For more on the exchange program and new rules, go here.
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Posted on November 6, 2012 by scjustice
Listen as South Carolina Appleseed’s Director Sue Berkowitz discusses the annoucement of Medicaid enrollment for children in South Carolina, and shares what it means for the state.
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Posted on October 16, 2012 by scjustice
Nearly $230 million has been invested in the National Health Service Corps this year, according to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Included in these investments are 4,600 loan repayment and scholarships to clinicians and students, and grants awarded to 32 states to aid their state loan repayment programs.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the National Health Service Corps is providing loans and scholarships to more doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, so more people get the care they need,” said Secretary Sebelius. “National Health Service Corps clinicians are providing care to approximately 10.4 million patients across the country.”
Founded in 1970, the National Health Services Corps, administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration, has provided health care to communities across the country by supporting more than 42,000 primary health care practitioners over its 40-year history. It has nearly 10,000 providers.
For more on this announcement, click here.
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