CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - 17% of people living in South Carolina have no health insurance, according to new numbers from the U-S Census Bureau.
This comes on the heels of word from the White House Tuesday that annual premiums for those who have insurance are skyrocketing.
Then there are those who cannot qualify for or afford insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition.
A program in North Carolina which offers relief in these cases is being made more accessible to those living outside of the immediate Charlotte area.
"Inclusive Health" is a state-run insurance program for those with pre-exisisting conditions who don't have access to group coverage, Medicare, Medicaid or their COBRA coverage has run out.
It's also available to the many trade displaced workers in our community.
The enrollment event is Thursday, September 24th, at Gaston Memorial Hospital from 11am until 2pm.
There will be staff on hand to help individuals determine whether they qualify.