South Carolina

26 States With a Big Health Coverage Gap

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in states across the country.  It’s true: Many more Americans will now have access to affordable health care.  But, other hard-working people, who live in states that have not yet committed to expanding Medicaid, will fall into a new coverage gap. That’s right: In the 26 states that have not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, adults who earn up to $15,000 a year will not qualify for any type of subsidy through the …

4 More Wins – For You

Posted on 09/17/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsOver the last two years, AARP has saved consumers an estimated $3 billion on their utility bills, protected reliable phone service and fought for stronger consumer protections for all Americans — all as part of our multistate utilities campaign.  And, we’re not stopping there. 4 More Wins for Consumers: As recently highlighted in the New York Times, AARP South Carolina volunteers raised their voices in opposition to Duke Energy’s request for a rate increase that would have increased yearly bills …

3 Questions When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates

Posted on 05/31/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAcross the country, a number of gas and electric companies are looking to increase their customers’ bills. The cost of everything is going up, but sometimes utilities ask for too much. Here are 3 questions you should ask the next time your utility company tries to raise your rates: 1) When rates go up, will quality improve? Is the utility being held accountable for providing reliable service? 2) What impact do raised rates have on the company’s profit? Is the …

Curveball: Older Voters in S.C. Swoon for Gingrich

Posted on 01/22/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe first three Republican presidential primaries have split 1-1-1. Rick Santorum won Iowa (after the vote was certified), Mitt Romney won New Hampshire, and now Newt Gingrich has won South Carolina. More than six in 10 voters in Saturday’s primary were age 50 and older, and their support of Gingrich helped propel the former House Speaker to a stunning victory in the Palmetto State. Gingrich carried all 30-and-older age groups, including the oldest voters who had sided with Romney in …

Nailing Down the Candidates on Social Security, Medicare

Posted on 01/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayWhere do the Republican candidates stand on Social Security and Medicare? The answer is important, because the next president — Democrat or Republican — will inherit the call for changes in those programs to whittle federal spending. On such controversial subjects, pinning down exactly where the candidates stand isn’t always easy. Newt Gingrich, for example, initially dismissed Rep. Paul Ryan’s dramatic reform proposals as “right-wing social engineering.” Months later Gingrich unveiled his own plan to revise what he called the …

Warning: Wrenching unemployment in the next primary states

Posted on 01/13/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayThe Republican presidential race has moved away from states with relatively low unemployment – 5.7 percent in Iowa and 5.2 percent in New Hampshire – to states where the hunt for a job is a daily heartache, especially for older workers. Suck in your breath: South Carolina has 9.9 percent unemployment, Florida 10 percent and Nevada 13 percent. Those three states combined have shed more than 1 million jobs since 2008. But even those numbers may understate the problem. “A …