The South Carolina Senate is making an effort to see what it can do for individuals who cannot afford health insurance.
On Tuesday, senators added language to their new budget proposal that would create a panel to study solutions for closing the state’s insurance coverage gap. Now, the Senate has the opportunity Thursday to hear what Arkansas is doing without growing Medicaid from Charles Collins, the co-author of the Arkansas Health Care Reform Task Force.
State Sen. Ray Cleary, R- Georgetown, said South Carolina needs to check into it. “I don’t understand how any of us aren’t willing to look at it and find out if this makes sense,” Cleary said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.
“It would be silly not to just listen to what they’re doing in other states,” Cleary said.
While the study committee’s two lead supporters both support expanding Medicaid eligibility to bring in more federal dollars, they are in the minority. Opponents of expansion say Medicaid’s costs are growing quickly enough even without offering it to more people.
Gov. Nikki Haley has said that South Carolina cannot afford to expand Medicaid.