FREE Event

We’re excited to host our friends from SC Thrive to learn about Thrive Hub, Medicaid, SNAP, and other topics!

Event Details:

  • Date: November 14, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 to 11:00 am
  • Location: Anderson Main Library, 300 N McDuffie, Anderson SC, 29621

Please use the form to register



Agenda

Introduction to SC Thrive Hub – Replacement for Benefits Bank

  • Overview
  • Becoming a counselor: who is eligible to participate?
  • Cost of the program
  • Required training
  • How to get started
  • How Thrive Hub works with Charity Tracker
  • Connecting with trained counselors in Anderson County

Understanding SC Healthy Connections Medicaid

  • Medicaid is a national health insurance program that varies from state to state.
  • Learn the difference between Medicare and Medicaid and eligibility requirements of the South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid program.
  • Learn about the services offered to South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • Overview of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Healthy Connections Checkup and Healthy Connections Prime. SC Healthy Connections Prime is a new healthcare option for seniors in South Carolina. If you (or someone you care for) are 65 or older, receiving Medicare and eligible for SC Healthy Connections Medicaid, find out how SC Healthy Connections Prime can help.

Understanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is the program that used to be called Food Stamps. It is a federal nutrition program that helps people to stretch their food budget and buy healthy food. It is meant to supplement, or add to, monthly food dollars. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase food at grocery stores, convenience stores, and some farmers’ markets and co-op food programs.

  • SNAP benefits are given each month on a plastic card called an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, which works like a debit card.
  • People of all ages use SNAP, including families, people living alone, people living with roommates, and even people who are homeless.
  • People who are working or have other regular income (such as Social Security or a pension) can often get SNAP.
  • SNAP eligibility is determined by a calculation that takes into consideration family size, people in the household, citizenship status, household income, and certain expenses.
  • With Fresh EBT, you can check the balance on your EBT card from your phone – it’s a smartphone app for managing SNAP and cash assistance benefits on an EBT card, accessible by setting up an account at  freshebt.com or texting FRESH to 215.337.2333.  https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer-locator shows you where you can use the EBT – there are 30 locations in Anderson County that do so.
  • SNAP doesn’t allow certain products to be purchased that you might think is quite normal, such as feminine hygiene products, cleaning supplies, etc. See: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items