Disabilities Awareness Public Forum, Wed., Oct. 26, 2011

Tomorrow as part of Celebrate Pro Bono 2011, several attorneys will be speaking at a Disabilities Awareness Public Forum in Greenville, South Carolina.

The event is FREE and open to the public. We do have ASL Interpreters available for the event, but if you need additional accomodations, please contact Stephanie Gutzman at 864-235-0273 or by email at gutzman@pandasc.org.

Hope to see you there!

~RFW

Calling ALL South Carolina Medicaid Advocates and Beneficiaries!

This just in from SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center!

Public Hearing on S.C. Medicaid Managed-Care Plan

MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010  10:00 AM

THIS is your chance to tell CMS and the state Medicaid agency what you think of the proposal to mandate managed care.

A public hearing by telephone has been scheduled for Monday, August 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. to receive public input about the Medicaid changes proposed by DHHS.

On July 1, 2010, DHHS filed a Medicaid state-plan amendment asking the federal government to make Managed Care mandatory for more than 500,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in our state, as well as allowing DHHS to qualify people for Managed Care who are currently ineligible.

This is the perfect opportunity to tell CMS how South Carolina DHHS’ proposed changes would impact you or the people you serve.

To participate, call (877) 251-0301 and provide the operator with the conference ID 93410633.

CMS suggests you call in 10 minutes prior to the 10:00 a.m. start time.

If you have further questions, contact Sue Berkowitz at sberk@scjustice.org.

-RFW

South Carolina, Subject of Washington Post Article

Columbia, South Carolina (my hometown) is featured today in More Need, Less Help by Amy Goldstein at the Washington Post.

The subject is that as South Carolina’s ranking rises in unemployment and the financial crisis spirals out of control, the need for assistance rises.

  • South Carolinians are out-of-work.

  • South Carolinians are hungry. 

  • South Carolinians cannot pay rent or mortgages. 

  • South Carolinians are going without medication.

  • South Carolinians are worried about their children and their futures.

Food pantries like Harvest Hope are working as hard as they can to fill orders. But their supplies are running short.

Other charities, like the United Way of South Carolina, United Way of the Midlands, the Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Family Service Center, and the Salvation Army, are working round the clock to assist, but their donations are dwindling as well.

Excerpts:

Timothy Ervolina, president of the United Way Association of South Carolina, worries that the web of philanthropic and nonprofit groups may not be able to fulfill the governor’s [Sanford] expectations. Ervolina has watched fundraising fade at United Ways across the state, even as calls pour in to their crisis hotlines.

. . .

South Carolina Legal Services, a statewide network that gives free legal help, in July received the biggest grant handed out by the South Carolina Bar Foundation but in January was asked to return 15 percent of it.

The time to act is now. If you can afford to make a donation, please do so.

Your donation may offer someone else hope. Hope to carry on. Hope for their children. Hope to live.

Thanks Washington Post for sharing the story of Columbia, SC!

-RFW

In the News: Commissioner Sue Berkowitz

Forbes.com features a story about Medicaid in South Carolina and Commissioner Sue Berkowitz is quoted in the article.

According to the Forbes article:

A deal reached Thursday will send $173 million immediately to South Carolina’s Medicaid programs to restore money lost to budget cuts for everything from cancer treatments to wheelchair ramps.

-RFW

Have you heard about . . . ?

ABA Medical-Legal Partnerships Pro Bono Support Project

While physicians are able to assist with physical ailments, attorneys are able to assist with social ailments including  access to food stamps, free and appropriate public education, fight illegal evictions, and protect families from abuse for children suffering from malnutrition, homelessness and exposure to violence.

Medical-legal  partnerships nationwide have recaptured millions of dollars for hospitals through the successful appeal of wrongly denied Medicaid and Social Security Disability applications. Families get the insurance coverage they need and, through it, access to preventive primary care, while hospitals save money.

For more information on the Project, click here.

-RFW