Medicaid Expansion is an issue of vital importance in the state of South Carolina. Below are two letters that can not only give great insight into this issue, but provide tools to help you communicate your concerns on healthcare funding with both legislators and the public.
For more information on Medicaid Expansion in SC, click here.
Click here to read the study by the South Carolina Hospital Association on how Medicaid Expansion would help the SC economy and its citizens.
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Governor Nikki Haley
Office of the Governor
1205 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Dear Governor Haley:
We are learning of more recalcitrant Republican governors coming on board to take part in a key element of Obama’s plan to enroll more poor people in Medicaid. Governor Rick Scott of Florida is now the seventh Republican governor to back the Medicaid expansion made possible by Obamacare. He explains his reason thus: “I want every Floridian to have access to high-quality health care they can afford”.
In addition to Florida, 22 states and the District of Columbia plan to broaden Medicaid.
SC is one of 13 states that continue to vow not to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program. Medicaid Expansion could impact 250,000 uninsured individuals in South Carolina. If SC does not expand the Medicaid Expansion, there could be $2.5 billion in payment cuts to hospitals, which impacts jobs and critical services.
On 11/9/20012, Joey Holleman of the STATE PAPER reported that “The federal government would pay 100 percent of the medical costs of the expansion in the first three years, slowly dropping to 90 percent in 2020. If South Carolina opts out, about a quarter million people won’t be eligible for Medicaid coverage and must get insurance on their own. If the state opts in, its annual Medicaid expenses would increase from $1.7 billion this year to $2.55 billion in 2020. The federal Medicaid dollars coming to the state would increase from $3.69 billion this year to $7.14 billion in 2020.
The Moore School of Business reports:
• If South Carolina chooses to participate in the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, it would generate approximately $11.2 billion between 2014 and 2020. This increase signifies an injection of new procurement activity to the state that would not exist otherwise.
• South Carolina’s total annual economic impact of the increase in federal funding due to the Medicaid expansion will be approximately $1.5 billion in labor income, $3.3 billion in state economic activity while generating nearly 44,000 new jobs in the state by 2020.
• If the state opts to join Medicaid expansion, South Carolina is projected to generate a surplus of approximately $9 million in state revenue from 2014 to 2020.
A South Carolina Hospital Study of Medicaid Expansion estimates the expansion could create around 44,000 new jobs with Anderson County gaining 1,381 jobs, $300.6 million dollars in income, and $20.4 million in tax revenue; Oconee County gaining 569 jobs, $123.9 million in income, and $8.4 million in tax revenue; and Pickens County 831 jobs, $181.1 million in income, and $12.3 million in tax revenue. (see page 2 of 9)
I ask “can we afford to let, you, Gov. Haley impoverish our state and deny healthcare to our citizens as you and Superintendent of Education, Zais did with the education funds you denied our residents”?
With grave concerns,
Letter to the Editor
Upstate Today, Oconee County
IF FLORIDA CAN TAKE MEDICAID EXPANSION, SO CAN SOUTH CAROLINA
Florida’s governor, Rick Scott announced his state would take part in a key element of Obama’s plan to enroll more poor people in Medicaid. Scott is now the seventh Republican governor to back the Medicaid expansion made possible by Obamacare. In addition to Florida, 22 states and the District of Columbia plan to broaden Medicaid.
“I want every Floridian to have access to high-quality health care they can afford,” Scott said. The governor proposes Florida expand Medicaid under Obama’s health care reform law for at least the next three years. “While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost of new people in Medicaid, I cannot, in good conscience, deny the uninsured access to care,” Scott said.
SC is one of 13 states that continues to vow not to participate in the Medicaid Expansion program. Medicaid Expansion could impact 250,000 uninsured individuals in South Carolina. If SC does not expand the Medicaid Expansion, there could be $2.5 billion in payment cuts to hospitals, which impacts jobs and critical services.
The University of SC estimates that the Medicaid Expansion could create around 44,000 new jobs. For Anderson County the program would create 1,381 jobs, $300.6 million dollars in income, and $20.4 million in tax revenue. For Oconee County it would create 569 jobs, $123.9 million in income, and $8.4 million in tax revenue. For Pickens County it would create 831 jobs, $181.1 million in income, and $12.3 million in tax revenue.
We cannot afford to let Gov. Haley impoverish our state and deny healthcare to our citizens.
Chair, Oconee County Democratic Party