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TOP FIVE:  Teen pregnancy, teachers, insurance, youth camps, storm impact

TOP FIVE: Teen pregnancy, teachers, insurance, youth camps, storm impact

Here are five stories related to South Carolina you might have missed:

1. Teen birth rate plummets, but STDs remain a concern in South Carolina

2. Four-in-five South Carolina teachers are white

3. South Carolina is one of 15 states to file, but not pass legislation to allow out-of-state insurance purchase

4. Number of escapes from youth camps is unknown

5. Hurricanes impact jobs — but they aren’t completely to blame for weak report

Click the headline above to learn more.

by · 10/10/2017 · News, Top Five
NEWS:  Loss of federal program could more than double uninsured S.C. children

NEWS:  Loss of federal program could more than double uninsured S.C. children

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  Congressional inaction could cause an estimated 70,000 children in South Carolina to lose health insurance coverage, increasing the number of uninsured children by about 160 percent.

Statewide today, there are about 44,000 South Carolina children without health insurance.

In 2016, 96 percent of South Carolina children had health insurance, thanks to in part to the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  It extends free child medical coverage for families that make too much to qualify for Medicaid but still make below 208 percent of poverty …

by · 10/06/2017 · News
Photo by Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, via Wikimedia Commons

NEWS: Higher health premiums could have dire S.C. consequences

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  A health care economist says federal policy could make insurance unaffordable in South Carolina, which could trigger a jump in unemployment and tank the state’s economy.

If the Trump administration does not fund a $7 billion Affordable Care Act program that subsidizes health insurance policies for low- and middle-income earners, then insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs could face double digit increases for many policyholders in the state — whether they buy their insurance through the individual market or through an employer program.

With South Carolina already ranked at the bottom of the pack for health measures, the state’s economy could be crippled by people unable to work due to untreated illnesses and by hospital closures that might result in layoffs and health deserts.

by · 08/11/2017 · News
New sign outside ex-House Speaker Bobby Harrell's Charleston office.

Photo: Sign of new things for Harrell

Ex-House Speaker Bobby Harrell, the Charleston Republican who fell from grace last year in an ethics and corruption scandal, has a new sign going up at his West Ashley insurance office in Harrell Square on Sam Rittenberg Blvd.