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Big news broke that U.S. life expectancy is in decline because of opioids.  Did you know that South Carolina ranks No. 10 in the country in terms of most opioid sales per capita by state?

While the epidemic is now widely known, it is important to know what steps are being taken in our state to avoid more senseless deaths.

The team at ConsumerProtect.com issued a report on The States With The Most Opioid Sales using the most recent and complete data available.

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Combined company brings together capabilities of two leading organizations to establish innovative health care model

Woonsocket, RI – CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), a company that is leading the transformation of health care, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Aetna (NYSE: AET), establishing CVS Health as the nation’s premier health innovation company.

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Chronic heartburn may indicate a more serious disorder

Spartanburg, SC--We’ve all been guilty of overindulging at one time or another – particularly during the holiday season – and have suffered the discomfort that often follows. Sometimes the pain after eating too much is more severe than the typical gas, bloating, or indigestion or it happens more frequently and is hard to control with the usual over-the-counter remedies. And sometimes heartburn just happens and has nothing to do with what we’ve eaten.

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South Carolina’s Preterm Birth Rate of 11.2% Earns Palmetto State a “D” Grade

Columbia, SC, NOV. 1, 2018 — South Carolina’s preterm birth rate in 2017 remained at 11.2 percent and the state received a “D” grade, according to the 2018 Premature Birth Report Card from March of Dimes, the nation’s leading maternal and infant health nonprofit. For the third year in a row, more U.S. babies were born too soon with serious risks to their health. Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributor to death in the first year of life in the United States, and the leading cause of death in children under age five worldwide.

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Rural Resource Guide is the One-Stop-Shop Listing of Federal Programs That Can Support Grassroots Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic and Build Resiliency

WASHINGTON – White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The Rural Resource Guide to Help Communities Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse (PDF, 1.7 MB) is a first-of-its-kind, one-stop-shop for rural leaders looking for Federal funding and partnership opportunities.

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ACA Navigator organization ends four-year contract with Federal Government

South Carolina -- The Palmetto Project has become South Carolina’s first non-profit insurance agency, allowing it to be less restricted and more entrepreneurial in sustaining the state’s current historically high rates of health coverage. More than 200,000 South Carolinians each year have obtained private health coverage through the ACA’s Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

According to Steve Skardon, the organization’s Executive Director, the group informed the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in August that it would not be continuing as a Federal grantee as it has for the past four years. 

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SPARTANBURG, SC—A recent WalletHub study found that South Carolina ranked 42nd in the country with 10.99% of its residents uninsured.  The study compared uninsured rates for 547 U.S. cities and the 50 states.  The National Center for Health Statistics reported that in the first three months of 2018, 8.8%, or 28.3 million, surveyed people were uninsured.  Texas had the highest uninsured rate in the country at 17.3%, according to the study. Massachusetts had the lowest at 2.8%. South Carolina saw a minus-6.54% change in uninsured rates from 2010-2017, WalletHub found. The national average in that time frame was minus-6.72%.

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