Publication: AARP Bulletin
Date: July 1, 2015
It’s tough for Sue Berkowitz when people call the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center requesting help for their health care needs. A nonprofit advocating for low-income South Carolinians, the center isn’t a service organization, so it does its best to point people to resources.
“There’s nothing harder than when someone with a chronic illness contacts us saying they don’t know what to do,” said Berkowitz, the center’s director.
Those calls motivate Berkowitz to continue the fight for Medicaid expansion. South Carolina is one of 21 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That decision leaves 194,000 people in a “coverage gap,” primarily because they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to obtain federal subsidies to purchase private insurance.