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GHF In The News
Feb 13, 2017
Better Georgia Podcast: Episode 30
Louis Elrod

Today on the show we’re talking to Laura Colbert from Georgians for a Healthy Future about the latest healthcare issues in our state.

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The #ACA is like a consumer health care security system—protecting you from threats like discrimination and financial hardship.

-The ACA prevents people with pre-existing conditions from being charged more or from being barred from coverage. Pre-existing conditions include chronic diseases like diabetes, mental health conditions, asthma, cancer, and more.

-The anti-discrimination provision (Section 1557 for you policy wonks) of the ACA protects people seeking health coverage or care on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, age, disability, language spoken, and country of origin.

-Annual & lifetime benefits caps were banned under the ACA, meaning that children and adults with high health care needs, like people living with hemophilia, diabetes, HIV, developmental disabilities, cancer, or other chronic health conditions won’t be left without health coverage through no fault of their own.
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GHF and our partners are rallying today to #ProtectMyCare b/c we care about the thousands of Georgians who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act! More than half a million Georgians have gained health insurance coverage thru the ACA, helping to decrease the uninsured rate from 21.4% to 15.9% since 2013. GA's minority populations have historically experienced higher uninsured rates, but the ACA has significantly increased coverage for these groups. The rate of uninsured Hispanic Georgians decreased from 45% to 15% in three years, and African-Americans saw a decline from 19% to 16% during that time.

Lack of insurance leads to poorer health outcomes for uninsured individuals and higher health care costs for all Georgians. If the ACA is repealed, more than 1 million Georgians will lose health coverage. That’s why we’re working to #ProtectOurCare!
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2017 Policy Priorities

Learn more about Georgians for a Healthy Future’s 2017 Policy Priorities.

How To Get Your Money's Worth From Your Health Insurance 

Once you've signed up for health insurance, it's important you understand how to use it! This video explains how to select a doctor, access preventive services, and budget for future health costs.

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