According to a new study, thousands of South Carolina's poorest parents will lose their health insurance under a state proposal to impose work obligations on Medicaid recipients.
Between 5,000 and 14,000 South American parents would lose their Medicaid coverage as early as the first year of implementing such a policy, according to a report released Friday by the South American center Appleseed Legal Justice Center and the center for the children and families of Georgetown University.
By year five, the number of low-income parents who lose their coverage would reach between 9,000 and 26,000, according to the report.
And when parents lose insurance, their children are also at greater risk of losing coverage, according to the report's authors.
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South Carolina is seeking federal approval to require valid Medicaid recipients to prove that they work at least 80 hours a month, whether they are looking for work or going to school.
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, a Richland Republican, decided to look for working conditions in JanuaryAfter President Donald Trump announced that he would make it easier for states to impose work obligations on Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
State officials said the goal of this proposal is to encourage valid Medicaid beneficiaries to find work.
According to the report, a vast majority of BC residents at risk of losing the health coverage provided by the police are mothers and are mostly African-Americans.
The state estimated that only 1,600 Medicaid beneficiaries would lose their coverage the first year, reaching 3,000 in the fifth year. However, these estimates are clearly underestimated, said Joan Alker, Executive Director of the Children's Center, and Appleseed Executive Director Sue Berkowitz.
Families affected by the policy would be among the most vulnerable in the state with incomes of $ 1,160 per month for a family of three, said Alker.
"These are struggling families, mostly mothers, and we know that when parents run out of health care, we know it's ultimately hurting children," said Berkowitz.
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