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This website was developed as the result of a state planning grant awarded to the S.C. Department of Insurance from the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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In August of 2002 the South Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) received a State Planning Grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. The funding was used to study the medically uninsured in South Carolina.

The Department of Insurance was awarded approximately $1.3 million to do the initial data collection, analysis and policy recommendations. In addition, supplemental funds were awarded in September 2003 for the purpose of communicating the results and recommendations to the General Assembly, employers, and citizens of South Carolina. The grant project is slated to end August 31, 2004.

To insure that the grant project had input from all appropriate and interested parties, the Health Insurance Policy Advisory Committee (HIPAC) was created. HIPAC was asked to analyze the data and help develop and design strategies that will reduce the number of uninsured by improving access to health insurance coverage.


19.4% of South Carolinians are uninsured.

In 2002, uninsured South Carolinians cost the system $1,936 per uninsured individual.

60% of the uninsured are hard working citizens of South Carolina.

74% of the uninsured list affordability as the reason they have not purchased health insurance.

50% of eligible individuals do not enroll in public programs because they do not want to receive government support or don't want the government to provide health coverage.

78% of businesses in South Carolina, excluding self-employed and government workers, have fewer than 10 employees.

53% of small employers with 1 to 10 employees do not offer group-sponsored health insurance to their employees.

South Carolina is one of the unhealthiest states, ranking 46th in the nation.


The U.S. Census Bureau's report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2003 (PDF) was released on August 26, 2004. Some highlights of the report:

• An estimated 15.6 percent of the nation's population, or 45 million people, were without health insurance coverage in 2003, up from 15.2 percent and 43.6 million people in 2002.

• The percentage and number of people in the U.S. covered by employment-based health insurance fell between 2002 and 2003, from 61.3 percent and 175.3 million to 60.4 percent and 174.0 million.

• The proportion of children who were without health insurance did not change, remaining at 11.4 percent of all children, or 8.4 million, in 2003.

For a summary of the report's data on South Carolina, please visit the South Carolina Community Profiles web site.


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Palmetto Project
P.O. Box 31075
Charleston, SC 29417
Phone: 843.577.4122

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Office of Research and Statistics

1919 Blanding St.
Columbia, SC 29201

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This web site is intended solely for the purpose of electronically providing South Carolinians with general health and insurance-related information, and convenient access to resources. This website does not provide health insurance advice, referrals, or counseling.