Mar 202014

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and SC’s commitment to covering children, there are some big changes to SC Healthy Connections, the name for SC’s Medicaid program.

Beginning in 2014, only taxable income is counted to determine eligibility for several categories of Medicaid that affect children and their parents and caregivers. That means that child support is no longer counted as income when determining Medicaid eligibility. “We’re pretty excited about what this means for low-income families and children, especially single parents,” said Palmetto Project’s director of programs, Shelli Quenga. “For many single parents, child support can be a significant portion of the family’s income,” she said, “but under these new rules, it will not keep a child or parent from qualifying for low cost or free health coverage.”

For more information about how this new rule could affect your family, call Palmetto Project at 1-888-998-4646. In Spartanburg County, contact Khadijah Dawkins at  864-978-8464. In Georgetown, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg Counties, call Cokeitha Gaddist at 843-870-9508.

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