Robert Ariail

Robert Ariail

Work requirements for SC Medicaid coverage won’t decrease health care costs

As a pediatrician in Columbia, I read with concern the article “Many SC parents could lose coverage in Medicaid plan,” on January 6, 2019. The article discusses the proposed work requirements for Medicaid coverage in S.C. and states that “between 5,000 and 14,000 parents would lose their Medicaid coverage in the first year such a policy is in force.” We know that children are more likely to lose their insurance if their parents have lost their own health insurance coverage. We also know that the number of children in South Carolina who were uninsured increased by 10,000 from 2016 to 2017 (according to the U.S. Census Bureau and Georgetown University), resulting in 5.1 percent of South Carolina’s children now lacking health insurance. We cannot afford for this number to increase further.

Watch: Westwood girls defeat Lower Richland in Class 4A playoffs

Highlights of Westwood girls defeating Lower Richland, 63-47, in third round of Class 4A playoffs.