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Medicaid Growing in S.C. Even Without Obamacare Expansion

Plus, Watch Some Political Debates
By Eva Moore
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 |
Even though the state of South Carolina opted not to expand its Medicaid program under Obamacare, the state's Medicaid rolls are still growing, the Post and Courier reports: Enrollment grew more than 5 percent between October and March "as residents who were previously eligible but unenrolled for a variety of reasons started signing up," what the paper calls "the woodwork effect." Medicaid officials say comparisons with past enrollment years are difficult, though.


It's a big week for political debates in South Carolina. The conservative Palmetto Family Council sponsors a live Town Hall for seven Republican and Democratic U.S. Senate candidates — including Lindsey Graham — on Friday at 7 p.m. on the USC campus. As for televised debates, the GOP superintendent of education candidates face off Tuesday night at 7 p.m.; and the Democratic Senate candidates meet Thursday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the GOP lieutenant governor and GOP U.S. Senate candidates face each other next week. All debates will air on SCETV.


The Richland County Sheriff's Department arrested a Columbia cop for allegedly threatening his wife with a gun over the weekend, multiple media reported. The cop was suspended without pay.


Richland County election officials tell The State they're totally ready for the June 10 primary, despite problems with elections over the past few years.



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