Safety Net

Goal: Define the scope of the problem of access in SC and the need for safety net providers after the implementation of PPACA; identify all safety net providers impacted by the legislation; ensure that new resources are garnered to expand and support the system of Federally Qualified Health Centers in South Carolina; explore opportunities for partnerships for funding opportunities among FQHCs, free clinics, and hospitals; understand the new requirements and implications for hospitals in the legislation, specifically related to the development of common standards for both non-profit and for-profit hospitals related to community benefit, debt collection, and community health assessments; explore opportunities for collaboration among safety net providers; clarify and define the segments of communities that need safety net providers; and do more to inform the community about safety net resources.

Chair: Bunnie Lempesis Ward, United Way of the Midlands

IMPH Staff: Maya Pack


  • Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

    The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate for Americans to buy health insurance has been ruled constitutional, though not under the power of Congress to regulate commerce between the states. A majority of justices ruled that the penalty an individual would pay if he or she refused to purchase insurance falls under the power of Congress to tax. The provision to expand Medicaid through connecting all Medicaid funding to states to the increase of eligibility to 133% of the Federal Poverty Level was not supported.
  • Advancing Health in South Carolina: A Summit of the ACA Implementation Initiative

    Ms. Sarah Thomas, Vice President, Public Policy & Communication at the National Committee for Quality Assurance, gave the Keynote presentation at the August 24, 2011 Advancing Health in South Carolina Summit of the ACA Implementation Initiative.


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