Greenville Hospital says its healthcare system can offer health insurance to any eligible resident of the city, even if they live in an isolated community, and that it can provide the same coverage to the uninsured and the chronically ill.
The hospital announced the move Friday morning in a blog post that said it was moving forward with a plan to offer health coverage to residents of the hospital, as well as to the community at large.
The plan is one of the first of its kind in the state, and would provide health coverage for all residents in the hospital and to the surrounding area.
“We believe that the most effective way to protect the health and well-being of our patients and staff is to offer affordable health coverage at affordable prices to our patients, as our hospital’s existing customers have done for decades,” Greenville Health Care said in a news release.
“With the advent of an innovative system that is currently in place, we are now taking a step forward to expand our options and to meet the needs of our community.”
The plan would also cover the uninsured as well, and it would cover the chronically and the uninsured.
Greenville Health has about 1,600 residents in two hospitals in the area, but residents are limited to a certain amount of care.
The hospital has not said how many people it would be willing to pay to be treated in an isolation unit.
The new plan, which the hospital said it is working on internally, would cover residents in isolation for two weeks at a time, but would not cover those who are at risk of dying, are mentally ill or have health conditions that could result in death.
It also would not provide coverage to those with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension.
The health system has no plans to expand to include a large number of patients, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Greenfield resident Robert Kuehne said he is excited to see the new plan.
He said he has lived in Greenville for five years and has never had health insurance.
Kuehnge said he will have to pay a monthly premium for coverage in Greenfield, but that he would still get health insurance if he had a health emergency.
He has been living in Greenhouse since 2013, and said he would like to stay in the same community as the hospital for years.
The news comes on the heels of Gov.
Nikki Haley’s announcement last week that she wants to expand the state’s Medicaid program to cover low-income residents in Greenhouses and other low-cost areas, including for those living with HIV and other conditions.
The governor said in an interview with WSPA-TV on Friday that she believes the state is making progress on expanding Medicaid coverage to Greenville and the surrounding communities, but it will take time to get there.
Greenvillers are also getting an early look at a new plan to help those in need in the county, including in areas that were previously off-limits to the state.
The county has struggled to expand Medicaid coverage in the past.