About half the states, including South Carolina, have refused to expand Medicaid under President Obama’s new health care law. In South Carolina alone, several hundred thousand people, many of whom actually qualify for Medicaid, are left without sufficient insurance. Despite rejecting the Medicaid eligibility expansion, South Carolina is ready for more than half of their residents to gain access to affordable care. Hospitals in South Carolina will be expected to check if uninsured patients qualify for the existing Medicaid program, for subsidized insurance on the federal exchange, or for other types of coverage. By pushing eligible citizens to gain Medicaid coverage, South Carolina hopes to purchase the most health for their citizens at the least possible cost to the taxpayer.
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