The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the right of consumers in states using the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace like South Carolina to receive Advanced Premium Tax Credits to purchase affordable, comprehensive health insurance was the right thing for more than 150,000 of our friends and neighbors who currently have Marketplace health plans.
For 23 of our organization’s 31 years, we have been working to create a system of care for the uninsured. The Affordable Care Act goes a long way in developing affordable coverage options and consumer protections for working people in SC. Since the law’s implementation, we have been working collaboratively with public agencies, advocacy groups, and social service organizations to ensure that South Carolinians have an unbiased, comprehensive understanding of how the law affects them.
As the statewide insurance navigator grantee, we will continue to work tirelessly around the state to provide free, local, confidential assistance to working South Carolinians on their options for health care coverage in both the Marketplace and SC Healthy Connections Medicaid. We do this work in partnership with navigators at Able SC, the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce, SC PASOs, Richland Library, SC HIV/AIDS Council, and DECO Recovery Management. We provide consumer information and resources in partnership with SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center and their website, signupSC.com. ACA enrollment increased by 45% this year in SC, and we continue to share unbiased and accurate enrollment information with people around the state.
Our work is not done. While we work to reach more eligible and uninsured residents, we still have 194,000 South Carolinians who have no affordable coverage options. We are working closely with the Close The Gap SC coalition to craft a coverage solution for our state’s poorest and most vulnerable residents, while we patch together resources with community health centers, free clinics and prescription assistance programs.
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About the Palmetto Project
Palmetto Project is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify innovative approaches to social and economic challenges facing South Carolina. Through special partnerships with governments, businesses, civic groups, schools, and religious organizations, Palmetto Project strives to bring a fresh entrepreneurial spirit to the challenge of building successful communities in a great state. For more information, call (843) 577-4122 or visit www.palmettoproject.org.