State health care information for the criminal justice system

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This map of state health information for criminal justice practitioners is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse its content (including, without limitation, any of the information links to other websites provide).

 

For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in South Carolina

South Carolina has chosen not to expand its Medicaid program, as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available program at this time.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: South Carolina has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).[iii]  People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways people in South Carolina can see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use South Carolina’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.[iv]

2) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace .[v]

 

South Carolina Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and application forms to download and print[vi]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-888-549-0820)[vii]

Link to locations and contact information for the nearest district Medicaid office[viii]

Link to a summary of South Carolina’s basic eligibility guidelines [ix]

Link to information on South Carolina’s Medicaid State Plan[x]

Link to the Medicaid Member Handbook on Covered Services[xi]

Link to an organizational chart of the South Carolina Medicaid agency [xii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xiii]

Link to Medicaid provider manuals[xiv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on South Carolina’s health insurance exchange?  To apply, visit Healthcare.gov. [xv]

Where can you find help to enrollment in health coverage and answers to questions?  Link to enrollment help [xvi]

 

State Health Information

How many people in South Carolina are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 29% South Carolina’s population (738,852) was uninsured in 2013.  The estimated number of potential marketplace participants is 441,000. [xvii]

How many are enrolled so far?  172,360 individuals have selected a plan as of January 2015.[xviii]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid?  100,000 of South Carolina’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 29,000 of them are adults, as of January 2015.[xix]

Is South Carolina a Medicaid health home state?  No.

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep. Leon Howard (D-District 76) chairs the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs

Senate: Sen. Harvey S. Peeler, Jr. (R-District 14) chairs the Medical Affairs Committee. [xx]

 

Other Related Information and Links for South Carolina

Link to information on the South Carolina Department of Corrections [xxi]

Link to South Carolina’s Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services[xxii]

Link to South Carolina’s Department of Mental Health, Services [xxiii]

Link to the Behavioral Health Services Association of South Carolina to get information about South Carolina’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for South Carolina[xxiv]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxv]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxvi]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxvii]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxviii]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxix]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxx]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxi]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxii]

 

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[i] See Healthcare.gov, Find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP, South Carolina, last viewed at December 15, 2014, at 4:32 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/.

[ii] See HealthCare.gov, Find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP, South Carolina, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:06 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/.

[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.

[iv] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:16 p.m., https://apply.scdhhs.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do.

[v] See HealthCare.gov, Get Coverage, South Carolina, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:17 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/.

[vi] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Medicaid, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:31 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov.

[vii] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Contact Us, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:40 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov/Contact-Info.

[viii] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Where to Go for Help, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:41 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov/site-page/where-go-help.

[ix] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Frequently Asked Questions, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:47 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov/FAQs#_Am_I_Eligible.

[x] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, State Plan, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:49 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov/site-page/state-plan-under-title-xix-social-security-act-medical-assistance-program.

[xi] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Compare Health Plans, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:55 p.m., https://www.scchoices.com/member/Step3PBECompare.aspx?frommenu=true.

[xii] See South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, DHEC Organizational Charts, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 2:57 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov/staff-directory/leadership.

[xiii] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Leadership, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 3:00 p.m., http://www.dhs.ri.gov/ContactUs/DHSContacts/tabid/181/Default.aspx.

[xiv] See South Carolina Healthy Connections, Provider Manual List, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 3:06 p.m., https://www.scdhhs.gov/provider-manual-list.

[xv] See HealthCare.gov, Get Coverage, North Dakota, last viewed at January 4, 2015, at 3:13 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/.

[xvi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in South Carolina Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 19, 2015, at 3:19 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-south-carolina/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in South Carolina Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 19, 2015, at 3:19 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-south-carolina/.

[xviii] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Data, Table 1A: Medicaid and CHIP: August and September 2014 Monthly Enrollment Updated November 2014, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 3:23 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/program-information/downloads/updated-september-2014-enrollment-data.pdf.

[xix] The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in South Carolina Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 19, 2015, at 3:19 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-south-carolina/..

[xx] See South Carolina Legislature, last viewed at January 10, 2015, at 3:38 p.m., http://www.scstatehouse.gov/committee.php?chamber=S#med.

[xxi] See South Carolina Department of Corrections, last viewed at December 23, 2014, at 5:40 p.m., http://www.doc.sc.gov/pubweb/.

[xxii] See South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Services, last viewed at December 23, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., http://www.state.sc.us/dmh/services.htm .

[xxiii] See South Carolina Department of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Services, last viewed December 15, 2014, at 3:36 p.m., http://www.daodas.state.sc.us/.

[xxiv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=SC.

[xxv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvi]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvii]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxviii]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxix] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxx]  See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxi See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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