S.C. insurance department releases health care options
The prices for the various plans offered to South Carolinians on the new Health Insurance Marketplace won’t be available until Oct. 1, but the S.C. Department of Insurance at least has released the number of plans available. Consumers will have a choice of 52 different plans from the four companies involved in the Health Insurance Marketplace in the state. But South Carolinians won’t have any choices in the most expensive level. Under the Affordable Care Act, plans will be available nationally on five levels – catastrophic, bronze, silver, gold and platinum. People in the metallic levels will pay from 40 percent out of pocket for bronze plans to 10 percent out of pocket for platinum. But in South Carolina, no platinum plans will be offered. Because premiums would be very high and tax credits very low at the platinum level, health officials expect little demand for that level. There will be eight catastrophic plans, available only for ages 29 and younger; 17 bronze; 17 silver; and 10 gold in South Carolina.
Dorn VA hospital opens new hospice center section
The Dorn Veterans Administration Medical Center in Columbia is scheduled to open a new section of its hospice center. VA spokesman Kevin McIver says Friday morning’s ribbon cutting ceremony was meant to offer a look at the expanded location that provides a special location for veteran’s end-of-life care. The expansion area is dubbed a “Warriors’ Walk,” where doctors, nurses and health care professionals provide palliative care that seeks to ease patients’ pain as they enter the final stage of life. McIver says the medical center provides health care for some 70,000 veterans with its Columbia center and its seven outpatient clinics.
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