Most Obamacare clients in South Carolina qualify for financial assistance

Nearly 90 percent of South Carolinians who purchased health insurance through the federal marketplace qualified for a subsidy to help pay for their coverage, new federal data shows.

Between Nov. 15 and Jan. 16, 161,941 residents in this state purchased or renewed existing Affordable Care Act plans — more than 140,000 of them selected a plan with financial assistance.

Subsidies are available for customers who can’t get coverage through their employer and whose income falls between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this summer if shoppers on the federal exchange are eligible for subsidies anymore.

Reach Lauren Sausser at 937-5598.