South Carolina improved by one spot and ranked 46th in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for South Carolina, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
South Carolina Health Insurance Pool
Toll-free Phone 1-800-868-2500, ext. 42757, or 1-803-788-0500, ext. 42757
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, South Carolina started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about South Carolina's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Health care reform — A page by the South Carolina Department of Insurance on national health care reform.
South Carolina Department of Insurance — Consumer health insurance information from the state Department of Insurance.
Partners for Health Insurance (PHC) — South Carolina’s program to provide Medicare coverage to children 18 and under who live in families with income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services — Manages the state’s Medicaid program to provide heath care coverage for those who cannot afford it.
South Carolina Healthcare Voices — Promotes healthcare change by focusing on the need for national healthcare reform. This website provides information and support to SC citizens who want to address healthcare issues and solve problems.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in South Carolina.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for South Carolina -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in South Carolina.
Why health care reform is important to South Carolina -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in South Carolina.
The Benefits of Health Reform In South Carolina -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of South Carolina.
Hands on Health South Carolina — A resource by Medical University of South Carolina to help and encourage state residents to live healthier lives.
South Carolina mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for South Carolina -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $131 per family in 2012.
07/13/2012 10:07 PM
The State – Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed $1.4 million in state spending that would support victims of rape, help hemophiliacs pay their insurance premiums and provide testing for people at-risk for kidney disease. In explaining her vetoes, Haley wrote that, while she extends “our sympathy and encouragement” to those affected, “nevertheless it is only a small portion of South Carolina’s chronically ill or abused” who benefit from the spending.
07/07/2012 6:07 PM
Greenville Online — While Gov. Nikki Haley, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, and the director of the S.C. Medicaid program all vehemently oppose a state-run health insurance exchange, that opinion is far from universal. Some state Democrats, health advocates and business leaders charge the decision will harm the poor and small businesses.
11/17/2011 5:11 PM
Spartanburg Herald-Journal – The state’s top health official has recommended that South Carolina not pursue a state-run health insurance exchange.
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