Focus on The Palmetto State

September 2014 at 9:30am  - Focus on the Palmetto State

In our first segment we speak with Mr. Ken Dority, the Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives and treatment for those who suffer from mental illness.  They provide free education, support and advocacy for the mentally ill and their families right in our local community.  Their monthly Caregivers Support Group is for adults who have family members with mental illness.  They also have monthly education meetings to bring awareness to the general public.

In our second segment we learn about the latest in health insurance from Renee Clark, the manager of S.C. BLUE, which is Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina's retail store in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia.  They knew people would be confused by the Affordable Care Act and would want face to face help, so they decided to go where people shop and opened three stores and launched an RV mobile sales unit.  These are comfortable settings open beyond traditional business hours, no appointment needed, with the goal to answer questions from people who need to buy insurance or who already have their insurance. She informed viewers of upcoming enrollment period dates and the changes from last one.  She gave us some valuable resource information.

In our last segment we meet Debra Smith, Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House.  They are opening their 2014-2015Season in September.  She shares with viewers about upcoming concerts and plays. She also told us that you can stop by any day to get a free tour of this historic 1882 building and hear about its interesting history.