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Healthy Connections Medicaid

Healthy Connections Medicaid

What is Healthy Connections Medicaid?
Medicaid is a joint state and federal program that provides health insurance coverage to many low-income individuals and families. Adults, children and families must meet certain non-financial, financial and categorical criteria to qualify. If approved, covered services include physical exams, prescription drugs, medical services, laboratory services, transportation services and much more.

Who can receive Healthy Connections Medicaid?
To be eligible for full Medicaid benefits, an individual must be a South Carolina resident and either a U.S. citizen or a lawfully present non-citizen and meet all the eligibility criteria. People of all ages can potentially receive Medicaid benefits including families, people living alone, people living with roommates, people in nursing facilities and hospitals and even people who are homeless.
Lawfully present non-citizens may only be eligible for emergency services such as labor and delivery services, if the income requirements are met.

How do I apply for Medicaid?
  • Call our Contact Center at 1.800.726.8774 to start your application now.
  • Visit to learn more.

Long-Term Care

What is Long-Term Care?
Over 50 percent of Americans 65 or older will need long-term care services in their lifetime. Long-term care includes both medical and non-medical care for people who need help to meet health and personal needs, and to perform basic activities of daily living like dressing and bathing. These services are available for individuals who require a level of care like that offered in a nursing facility. Long-term care services do not have to be provided in a nursing facility. There are different types of long-term care services from those that can be provided in the home, to different levels of assisted living, to nursing home care. The type of care can be tailored to the needs and resources of the individual. In South Carolina, many seniors need long-term care services but cannot afford to pay for them. Healthy Connections Medicaid can help.

How do I apply for Long-Term Care benefits?
To be eligible for Long-Term Care benefits through Healthy Connections Medicaid, individuals must meet categorical, financial, non-financial and additional requirements. You can learn more HERE.

How do I apply for Long-Term Care benefits?
  • Call our Contact Center at 1.800.726.8774 to start your application now.
  • Visit to learn more.

Healthy Connections Prime

What is Healthy Connections Prime?
Healthy Connections Prime is a new healthcare option for seniors providing enhanced Medicare and Medicaid services. Healthy Connections Prime offers better care by making it easier for you to get all of your Medicare, Medicaid and Part D services from a health plan that you choose, better value through a care team and a care manager that works directly with you and your doctors and better health through benefits that help you stay at home with your family for as long as possible.

Benefits for enrollees include:
  • No insurance premiums or deductibles
  • No cost for prescription drugs, doctor visits or hospital stays
  • One health plan card to manage all your Medicare (Parts A & B), Medicare Part D and Healthy Connections Medicaid medical and prescription drug benefits
  • A care plan designed specifically to meet your health needs
Who can receive Healthy Connections Prime?
  • Applicants must be 65 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must be receiving BOTH Medicare and South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid.
How do I apply for Healthy Connections Prime?

Medically Indigent Assistance Program (MIAP)

What is the Medically Indigent Assistance Program?
MIAP is designed to assist individuals to pay part or all of a hospital bill from an inpatient procedure.

Who can qualify for MIAP?
  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Individuals must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent resident non-citizens residing in South Carolina.
  • Individuals with limited or no healthcare coverage may be eligible for MIAP.
  • Applicants must have had an eligible inpatient procedure in the past year (or scheduled in the near future).
  • Individuals must meet additional eligibility requirements to qualify for MIAP.
How do I apply for MIAP?
  • Call our Contact Center at 1.800.726.8774 to start your application now.

Medicare Savings Program

What is the Medicare Savings Program?
The Medicare Savings Program is designed to help cover the cost of Medicare premiums. Some programs pay for the Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Medicare Part B (Hospital Insurance) deductible, coinsurance and copayments if you meet certain conditions.

Who can receive the Medicare Savings Program?
Anyone who is receiving Medicare Part A and/or Medicare Part B who meets income and resource eligibility requirements may qualify for one of the Medicare Savings Programs.

How do I apply for the Medicare Savings Program?
  • Call our Contact Center at 1.800.726.8774 to start your application now.

Other Healthcare Coverage

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

What is the ACA?
The Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all U.S. citizens to have healthcare coverage or insurance that meets the definition of Minimum Essential Coverage. Individuals and families with no healthcare coverage may have to pay a tax penalty. Depending on income, individuals and families may qualify for lower premiums or tax credits. Many may qualify for an exemption from the tax penalty. For more information, visit

How do I apply for Marketplace Insurance with the ACA?
To be eligible for healthcare coverage through the Marketplace, an applicant must live in the United States, must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawfully present non-citizen and cannot be currently incarcerated. There is an annual Open Enrollment Period usually taking place from November to January. There are special circumstances that allow for applications and enrollments outside for Open Enrollment. To apply or to get more information, call 1.800.318.2596 or visit

Medicare Rx Extra Help

What is Medicare Rx Extra Help?
Medicare Rx Extra Help or Low Income Subsidy (LIS) pays for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Individuals who qualify for QMB, SLMB or QI are automatically enrolled.

Who can receive Medicare Rx Extra Help?
Anyone who is receiving Medicare Part A and B and who meets certain eligibility requirements may qualify for Medicare Rx Extra Help.

How do I apply for Medicare Rx Extra Help?
  • Call us at 1.800.726.8774 to learn more!


What is Welvista?
Welvista is an SC Thrive nonprofit partner that provides prescription drugs to qualifying individuals without healthcare coverage. Welvista recipients can get their prescriptions filled for no cost.

Who can receive Welvista?
  • Individuals without any form of healthcare coverage (except Family Planning) may qualify for Welvista.
  • Applicants must live in South Carolina and provide proof of residency.
  • Applicants must verify all income for each person in the household.
  • Applicants must be 64 years of age or younger.

How do I apply for Welvista?
  • Call us at 1.800.726.8774 to learn more!
  • Learn more about Welvista by visiting
*Notice of Non-Discrimination

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. SCDHHS does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

SCDHHS provides free aids and services to people with disabilities, such as qualified sign language interpreters and written information in other formats (large print, braille, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats). We provide free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as qualified interpreters and information written in other languages. If you need these services, contact Janet Bell, ADA and Civil Rights Official, by mail at: PO Box 8206, Columbia, SC 29202-8206; by phone at: 1-888-808-4238 (TTY: 1-888-842-3620); or by email at: civilrights@scdhhs. gov.

If you believe that SCDHHS has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with the Civil Rights Official using the contact information provided above. You can file a grievance in person or by mail or email. If you need help filing a grievance, we are available to help you.

You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https:// or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 509F, HHH Building, Washington, D.C. 20201 or by phone at: 800-368-1019,

Language Services

If your primary language is not English, language assistance services are available to you, free of charge. Call: 1-888-549-0820 (TTY: 1-888-842-3620).

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