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Where do I enroll?
Information From Our State's Healthcare ConnectorsUnited Way 211, SignUp SC, and SC Thrive have provided the below information to help you access and understand the care you need.
Additional ResourcesInformational phone calls, webinars, and websites that can help you better understand and navigate open enrollment. Updated weekly.
Connecting Patients to Coverage Calls
- Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 10:00 AM
- Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:00 AM
- Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM
- Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Dial in to a series of Marketplace conference calls at to hear from SC’s statewide Navigator grant recipient, Palmetto Project. Palmetto Project will share their Marketplace education, outreach and enrollment plans for the state and discuss ways hospitals can partner with them. We will also hear from regional representatives of CMS and HHS.
As with previous Marketplace calls, members will be able to share their plans for and execution of Marketplace education, outreach and enrollment best practices. To participate, call
1-888-585-9008 / Room 649-630-595#
In 2016, more than 80% of the roughly 200,000 South Carolina exchange enrollees received subsidies that offset a significant portion of their premiums. Those subsidies are set to increase in 2017 and should help shield subsidy-eligible consumers from the brunt of any rate hikes. To learn more about Marketplace statistics for South Carolina, visit the Kaiser Family Foundation’s State Marketplace Statistics page.
What’s important for young adults?
- Stay on your parent’s plan until 26: If your parent or guardian’s plan offers dependent coverage, you can stay on their plan until the age of 26 no matter what state you live in, even if you’re in school, employed, or married.Former foster youth can stay on Medicaid until 26 regardless of income.
- No discrimination for pre-existing conditions: You can longer be denied coverage or charged more for an existing medical condition; also being a woman or being transgender is no longer considered a “pre-existing condition.”
- Student health plans: Most student health plans must now be up to the standard of other private plans.
- Free preventive care: Get check ups, vaccines, cancer and blood pressure screening at no additional cost. to you.
- Women’s health benefits: Free mammograms, well woman visits, and breastfeeding support, all without a co-pay. Free contraception: Free prescription contraceptives (birth control) on most plans
- Medicaid expansion: States that have expanded Medicaid will cover all low-income individuals up to 138% of the federal poverty line (or a single person making up to about $16,000).
- Tax credits: Discounts are available for most low to middle income adults that make plans actually affordable (that means a discount for anyone making up to about $47,000 for a single person).
- The penalty: If you don’t have health insurance, you may have to pay a fine when you pay your taxes – don’t pay something for nothing, get insured for your health and financial security.
The Healthcare Law and You
The health care law makes it easier to protect your family’s health.
In just a few simple steps find out how the law works for you using this resource from AARP.
- Consumers are far more likely to enroll if they receive in-person help, and 80% of LGBT people want to meet with an assister that understands LGBT-specific issues. Consumers can find free in-person help using out2enroll’s locator tool.
- Section 1557 brings new protections for LGBTQ people. The LGBTQ community has long faced discrimination in health care. But NEW changes for 2017 mean that our community should be treated with respect when it comes to health insurers, doctors, hospitals, and types of health care providers. We need to make sure LGBTQ people understand their new rights and protections when it comes to health.
- Transgender consumers should expect more and demand more. Too few trans people have had real health insurance options because of discriminatory exclusions. But NEW changes for 2017 mean that this year’s marketplace plans should NOT have transgender exclusions. So trans consumers should enroll and expect that transition-related health care will be covered. You may still have to fight with your health insurance company by filing an appeal but this is year to enroll if you’ve been holding out.
Shopping for a new plan if an individual is losing their current Marketplace coverage
Individuals enrolled in a 2016 Plan sold by Aetna, BlueChoice, or UnitedHealthcare through Healthcare.gov are strongly encouraged to shop for a new plan as soon as the 2017 Open Enrollment Period begins on November 1, 2016. If an individual losing their current Marketplace coverage does not actively select an alternate plan, the Health Insurance Marketplace will automatically enroll them in a replacement plan through BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Small Business Resource: How to get your employees healthy and insured
We all know that employees are a business’s most important asset. Without them goods and services can’t be produced for customers. A well-trained employee is invaluable to the success of a business. That’s why the SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce is offering a free webinar on how to help your employees get healthier and insured.
The webinar will be held on November 16th at 12 PM.
Overlapping Coverage Directions
You may lose your tax credit if you or anyone in your family has health coverage through the Marketplace and also has South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid at the same time.
If you have health coverage from both the Marketplace and Medicaid, please follow the instructions here to close one of your health plans.