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South Carolina Ain’t Got No Health Insurance September 21, 2007

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STATE RANKS 11th NATIONALLY IN NUMBER OF UNINSURED

FITSNews – September 21, 2007 – South Carolina has the 11th-highest percentage of uninsured, non-elderly residents in the nation, according to a study released today by Families USA. A whopping 37.4% of South Carolinians under the age of 65 currently lack health insurance, an increase of 6.5% from a similar study conducted in 1999-2000. In human terms, that’s 300,000 additional South Carolinians without health insurance today than we had eight years ago.

“With more and more people directly experiencing a lack of health coverage, this problem is already receiving top priority attention from the political candidates running for office in 2008,” the report stated. “It remains to be seen, however, whether this attention will ultimately translate into policy changes that will result in every American having reliable and continuous access to high-quality, affordable health coverage.”

We briefly mentioned the efforts of one new group, the Covering Carolinas Collaborative, in this post a few weeks back. Sounds like they’ve got their work cut out for them …

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1. Rob W. - September 21, 2007

Compared to the rest of SC’s statistics, we should be happy to be in 11th place. I mean, we beat literate states like California and Florida as well as fellow statistical nightmares Mississippi and Louisiana.

Speaking of rankings, did anyone else noticed that SC and Clemson football are tied in the USA today poll at 14th (with 595 points each)? It’s too bad we’ll have to wait for the end of the season to see who’s really the 14th best team in the nation.

2. Gillon - September 21, 2007

Of the 37.4% of South Carolinians under 65 who lack health insurance, I am sure a large percentage of them qualify for Medicaid. I would also assume that there are many who are smokers. Why then, can’t our state legislature supported by our governor increase the state’s cigarette tax from the lowest in the nation to at least the national average.? This would do two things: it would make available millions of dollars which could be funneled into the Medicaid program (which the Federal Gov’t would match three to one) and the increased price of cigarettes would certainly decrease the number of smokers. The result would certainly help., directly and indirectly, those uninsured South Carolinians. Or is this simple logic beyond the ability of our elected officials to grasp?

3. Kaolin Kronicle - September 23, 2007

At least we lead in some category.


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