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Open Enrollment Tip of the Week:
Even with premium tax credits, not all families can afford healthcare coverage through the Marketplace. Some individuals and families who can’t afford healthcare coverage even with the premium tax credits might still be able to enroll in Medicaid. In South Carolina, individuals receiving full Medicaid benefits through Healthy Connections satisfy the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Anyone can apply for Medicaid by calling 800.726.8774!

For more information on this and other open enrollment resources, check out the Alliance's Insurance Enrollment Hub! If you have any information that would be useful to share on this platform, please email us

Hospitals in Safety Net Brace for Healthcare Law's Repeal

Since the election, hospitals have been among the loudest voices against wholesale repeal of the health law. In a letter to Mr. Trump and congressional leaders this month, the two biggest hospital trade groups warned of “an unprecedented public health crisis” and said hospitals stood to lose $165 billion through 2026 if more than 20 million people lose the insurance they gained under the law. They predicted widespread layoffs, cuts in outpatient care and services for the mentally ill, and even hospital closings.

Reminder: Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas Application Due January 16

The Duke Endowment has released a Request for Applications for Healthy People, Healthy Carolinas (HPHC), a program to improve community health outcomes in North Carolina and South Carolina. The request for proposals is here, and you may request the webinar to view by emailing Lindsey Perret. Applications are due January 16. 

Tidelands Health OB-GYN Helps To Improve Care of Mothers and Newborns

Dr. Christine Gerber, a Tidelands Health OB-GYN, is helping SC healthcare organizations learn how they can improve the care of mothers and their newborns. She spoke at the 2016 SC Birth Outcomes Initiatives symposium, an annual gathering of SC healthcare professionals involved in the care of pregnant women and infants and an effort of SC DHHS. The system has made a variety of changes to become one of the best health systems in the state for maternal care and childbirth. 
Our featured member this week is Tidelands Health. They are the largest health care provider in Georgetown and Horry counties. With three hospitals and nearly 50 outpatient locations that stretch from Andrews to North Myrtle Beach, Tidelands Health is improving lives across the Tidelands region. 

Upcoming Member Events

The Alliance for a Healthier SC is an unprecedented collaboration of more than 50 diverse organizations across the state working together on coordinating action to achieve healthier bodies, minds and communities for ALL—while reducing the future cost of care.

Through the collective efforts of its members paired with those of other strong state and community coalitions, the Alliance is working toward the day when South Carolina leads the nation in the continuous improvement of health and healthcare for ALL people in the state.
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