York County doctors plead lawmakers to expand S.C. Medicaid program

Posted March 19, 2013 6:29 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

Local doctors and public health advocates in York County are asking state lawmakers in Columbia to reconsider their decision to refuse an expansion of Medicaid that could add more than 300,000 uninsured residents to the rolls.

Dr. Martha Edwards with Rock Hill Pediatric Associates says the proposed alternative to expansion that involves paying hospitals to send uninsured patients to free medical clinics is not comparable because access to free clinics is limited.

Debbie Hayworth, president of the United Way of York County, says a survey of community residents has shown that five of the top seven needs are health-related.

Last week, the State House of Representatives voted to opt out of the Medicaid expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act.

Supporters of the expansion in York County say they remain optimistic that the issue will resurface in the state senate.