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SC uninsured to benefit from health care reform

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Health centers across South Carolina are gearing up to help guide uninsured patients to affordable coverage options.

Marine Blatcher says she hesitates before seeking medical help because like more than 700,000 South Carolinians, she uninsured.

"When I go to the hospitals, they look at you real funny," Blatcher said. "They don't want to do nothing for you, but if I had the money, I'd pay them, but I don't have it."

York Glover, program director of Eau Claire Health Center says about 1/3 of the patients they see are uninsured.

Many of those uninsured, more than 100,000 thousand people may actually qualify for Medicaid.

That's why health care centers are helping people enroll or find other affordable coverage options.

"You know what's best for you and your family, and you can choose what's best for you and your family, and then we can help you get everything set up, Glover said.

By connecting people with coverage, staff hopes to make a small dent in the estimated $56 billion Americans pay every year to cover health care costs for those uninsured.

"You could have someone who doesn't have any insurance at all, run up a bill of $8,000 to $10,000, times how many times they come back to the hospital," Glover said.

Blatcher hopes she will soon be accepted into the Medicaid program so she can maintain her health and stay out of an emergency room.

"You can't just walk around with bad health and not get something done for you. You know, I'm just trying to do what I can for me," Blatcher said.

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