Friends, family, the guy next door--we are South Carolina's uninsured

While it is easy to draw stereotypes, the truth is that AccessHealth SC participants are individuals who have fallen on hard times and are struggling to find the path forward without the benefit of health insurance or the ability to pay for care on their own. Some examples:

  • A degreed professional whose position was cut during the economic downturn.
  • A waitress with children who doesn’t get enough hours or tips to put food on the table and whose job doesn’t provide health benefits.
  • A stay at home wife whose husband has passed away after a prolonged illness, leaving her with medical bills, depleted savings and few job skills.
  • A young adult trying to start a business with no money for health insurance who is suddenly diagnosed with a serious health problem.
  • An accident victim who is no longer able to work and is having difficulty qualifying for disability.

According to the most recent data, roughly one in six South Carolinians has no health insurance. The number one reason they give for not having health insurance is that they cannot afford it.

AccessHealth SC community networks serve uninsured and underinsured adults who meet specific income criteria. They must have household incomes at or below 200% of federal poverty, which is $48,500 for a family of four in 2012. Networks help people navigate a complex healthcare and social services system, coordinate care among providers, and provide intensive case management services to higher cost and higher risk individuals.

05-18-2015 01:39 (EDT)