Post Tagged with: "Sue Berkowitz"

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
NEWS: Incomes improve in S.C., but prosperity elusive, experts say

NEWS: Incomes improve in S.C., but prosperity elusive, experts say

By Lindsay Street, Statehouse correspondent  |  The median household income in South Carolina is on the rise but policy experts say there is more the state can do to help make prosperity more accessible to its residents.  Many are just one paycheck or a medical event away from not being able to pay bills.

“There are lots of folks who are absolutely struggling in the state,” said Sue Berkowitz, director of S.C. Appleseed Legal Justice Center, which advocates for the state’s low-income earners.

According to a new report from the Census Bureau, South Carolina’s 2016 median household income was $49,501, which is about $2,000 more than the previous year.  More than 40 percent of S.C. family households earn less than $49,999 per year, the Census said.  But experts say …

by · 09/22/2017 · News
NEWS: Regulated to regulator: DHEC head nominee has big industry ties

NEWS: Regulated to regulator: DHEC head nominee has big industry ties

By Bill Davis | If the Senate approves Catherine Heigel as the next executive director of the sprawling Department of Health and Environmental Control later this session, she will have travelled a path more and more agency heads in state government seem to be taking: from regulated to regulator.

Heigel, appointed last week by the DHEC board and subject to approval by Gov. Nikki Haley and the S.C. Senate, was previously the president of Duke Power of South Carolina. Its parent company, Duke Energy, this week announced it would dig up 4 million tons of waste from a Hartsville coal ash retention pond that reportedly was releasing toxins into a nearby lake.

by · 05/01/2015 · News