Tuesday, April 14, will be an important day for all who support the State of South Carolina accepting $4.7 million a day in federal funds to close our health insurance coverage gap. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports providing affordable health insurance to 194,000 of our citizens (mostly working) who are uninsured because they don’t qualify for the state’s Medicaid program and are below 100% of the federal poverty level thus not qualifying to receive premium assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As a member of the Close the Gap SC coalition, the Small Business Chamber supports the announcement by four state Senators tomorrow morning at 11:30 that they will propose a way forward for South Carolina to close the gap.
Please try to attend this press conference tomorrow in the first floor lobby of the State House to show your support. The details are below.
April 13, 2015
Contact: Patrick Cobb 803-261-0304
Bi-partisan Group of Senators to Announce Healthy SC – a Private Option to Close the Health Insurance Coverage Gap
What: News conference where a bi-partisan group of Senators will announce their intention to offer a budget amendment that would allow South Carolina to take advantage of federal dollars to provide healthcare for Palmetto state residents who are at 138% or below the federal poverty level. The amendment would establish “Healthy SC” and provide a private option plan for healthcare. The South Carolina Senate will take up the state’s 2015-2016 spending the week of April 13, 2015. South Carolina continues to daily lose federal dollars that could provide healthcare for South Carolina residents.
Who: Senator Joel Lourie, D-Richland, Senator Ray Cleary, R-Horry, Senator Paul Campbell R- Berkeley, and Senator John Matthews, D-Orangeburg
When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: State House lobby – first floor