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Checking the Rearview Mirror

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by Melinda Merrell, Senior Program Director As 2016 quickly winds down and we look towards new beginnings in 2017, I am taking time to reflect on what this year has brought to bear.  This year, our office has had the privilege of starting a few new...

Impact of the ACA in SC

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The Affordable Care Act put in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that have improved access, affordability, and quality in health care for individuals across the county.  In South Carolina, the uninsured rate has fallen by 38 percent since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted...

CMS Issues Requirements for Emergency Preparedness

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Effective on November 16, 2016   On September 8, 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements for health care providers and suppliers participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The Emergency Preparedness Rule will focus on increasing patient...

The ACA, South Carolina and the New Administration

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Contact Information: Calvin James, MPH Community Health Improvement Specialist Office: 803-454-3850, ext. 2059 Email: james@scorh.net   How the Affordable Care Act is working in South Carolina Over the past three years, the Affordable Care Act has worked to make health care more affordable, accessible, and high quality for the people of South...

Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas

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The Duke Endowment has released a Request for Applications for Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas (HPHC), a program to improve community health outcomes in North Carolina and South Carolina. This new opportunity is designed to support new or existing community coalitions in their efforts to improve...

SC’s Health Insurance Exchange Reduced to Only One Carrier

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Contact Information: Calvin James, MPH, Community Health Improvement Specialist Office: 803-454-3850, ext. 2059 Email: james@scorh.net    When the 2017 open enrollment period begins, South Carolinians will find just one carrier offering plans through the state’s federally facilitated health insurance exchange.  Because of this, South Carolina will be one of just five...