April 14, 2015

Senator Joel Lourie, D-Richland, Senator Ray Cleary, R-Horry, Senator Paul Campbell R- Berkeley, and Senator John Matthews, D-Orangeburg will offer an amendment during the budget debate that would allow South Carolina to take advantage of federal dollars to provide healthcare for Palmetto state residents who are at or below 138% of 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 this week. We anticipate this amendment being debated as soon as tomorrow, April 15, 2015.

Every day we delay action, South Carolina loses federal dollars that could provide healthcare for South Carolina residents.  Healthy SC would close that healthcare coverage gap through a public/private partnership that would allow these uninsured individuals to purchase much needed healthcare.

The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is proud to join with many other organizations to help advocate for quality, affordable health care to all South Carolinians.  For more information about the Small Business Chamber’s position on this issue, click here.

To learn more about the Healthcare Coverage Gap visit: http://www.closethegapsc.org/

Contact members of the Senate Finance Committee (see below) and tell them to support the Lourie, Campbell, Cleary and Matthews’s amendment.  

Tell them we must help get healthcare to all South Carolinians – we cannot afford to wait any longer!

Hugh K. Leatherman, Sr. Chair
Nikki G. Setzler
Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.
John E. Courson
John W. Matthews, Jr
William H. O’Dell
Glenn G. Reese
Robert W. Hayes, Jr.
Thomas C. Alexander
Lawrence K. “Larry” Grooms
Clementa C. Pinckney
Michael L. Fair
Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin, III
Ronnie W. Cromer
Kevin L. Bryant
Darrell Jackson
Raymond E. Cleary, III
Joel Lourie
Kent M. Williams
Paul G. Campbell, Jr
Tom Davis
Floyd Nicholson
Vincent A. Sheheen 

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