Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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Programs to assist Richland County's uninsured may still be needed as many in South Carolina fall into a gap in the Affordable Care Act.
Some hospitals are re-evaluating those assistance programs causing those who don't qualify for insurance to worry.
Richland Care and Compassionate Care programs are partnerships put together to make health care services accessible to those without insurance. The Affordable Care Act could change that, making the programs futures uncertain.
It's called the coverage gap by healthcare navigators.
"Those are people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not quite enough to qualify to purchase insurance in the marketplace," said Wanda Pearson from the Cooperative Ministry.
In South Carolina it's compounded by the state's refusal to expand the Medicaid program.
"The Medicaid expansion would have helped people who earn up to 138 percent of federal proverty level, and anyone purchasing insurance in the marketplace would qualify for a tax credit and subsities," said Pearson.
Programs like Richland Care and Compassionate Care have filled the gaps for more than 18,000 over the past decade, giving those without insurance much needed health and medical care. In a statement from Palmetto Health they say, "to comply with the Affordable Care Act's regulatory requirements and implementation", the hospital says they are "reviewing our financial assistance policies including those associated with Compassionate Care, Richland Care, and other programs."
Gwen Wood wonders what she'll do if the hospital determines the programs should end. She tells us the lowest insurance plan is more than half their yearly income. Navigators say everyone needs to go through the enrollment process and if they don't qualify, then they'll need those programs.
"The federally funded health centers, the free clincis will still be available to provide primary care where the difficulties are going to come in are when people need referals for secondary providers for specilaity care," said Pearson
Wood and others worry what they'll do if they're left without any options.
"Maybe with enough data and compelling stories of people falling into this gap again we might be able to get a different decision on Medicaid next time it comes up for a vote," said Pearson.
Navigators next week will move into Palmetto Health locations, Celia Saxon, the emergency rooms, and Baptist Hospital in an effort to be more visible so those without insurance can get their questions answered.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:58 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:58:33 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>