A new report published by the Urban Institute found 194,000 South Carolinians would qualify for Medicaid if state leaders expanded access to the low-income health insurance program.
Medicaid expansion is an optional provision of the Affordable Care Act. Most states have chosen to take advantage of federal money to expand eligibility for coverage. South Carolina has not expanded the program.
"The 32 states that have already expanded the program have fewer uninsured residents, lower uncompensated care costs and experienced net gains in state budgets," the report concluded.
In South Carolina, specifically, the report found "state spending would increase $111 million or 6.8 percent but would be offset largely by savings in other areas, including uncompensated medical care for people who are currently uninsured."
School promotes healthy habits
Carolina Voyager Charter School in Charleston recently celebrated Every Kid Healthy Week by introducing students to healthy habits and foods, such as walking to school and local produce.