Georgians for a Healthy Future is frequently cited in news articles about health care issues, ensuring the consumer perspective is heard. Read news stories featuring Georgians for a Healthy Future’s perspective below.

2018

Federal funding for ACA ‘navigators’ to drop dramatically in Georgia

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

“During a time when the administration is making numerous, often confusing changes to health insurance, more consumer assistance is needed, not less.”– Laura Colbert, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future

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Requiring work for Medicaid: Ruling in Kentucky echoes in Georgia

  • by Ariel Hart
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Health insurance is really there to allow people to be healthy enough to work. Work should not be the requirement to get to be healthy.” – Laura Colbert

 

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Trump administration rule allows cheaper, skimpier health plans

  • by Ariel Hart
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The new plans are skimpier and sometimes financially insolvent so consumers who are considering enrolling in AHPs should be very cautious when shopping around to make the best choice for themselves and their families.

“It’s going to be tough for people who have health conditions they’re trying to manage,” Colbert said, “and especially tough for people who don’t get financial assistance but need comprehensive coverage.” – Laura Colbert, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future

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Bill Would Let ‘Micro-Hospitals’ In Rural Georgia Counties

  • by Elly Yu
  • WABE

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for Healthy Future said there are good provisions in the bill, but there are other things the bill didn’t address.

“HB 769 nibbles around the edges of the rural healthcare crisis,” Colbert said. “It leaves this really big gap in the middle that can really only be solved by infusing more dollars into the healthcare system, and that comes through health insurance.”

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Nurse sponsors bill critics say would ease sales of tobacco in Georgia

  • by Alaa Elassar
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

“We’re very concerned about them,” said Laura Colbert, the president of Georgians for a Healthy Future, which opposes all the bills. “If we’re really thinking about making a healthier population, a workforce that’s productive and has everything it needs to succeed, we should be restricting access to tobacco and other unhealthy products.”

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Surprise medical bills targeted in Georgia Senate bill

  • by Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

One patient advocacy group, Georgians for a Healthy Future, has backed SB 359.

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Trump administration proposes skimpier, cheaper health insurance plans

  • by Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

That’s a problem, said Laura Colbert, the director of the patient advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Middle-income consumers with pre-existing conditions who want to remain in the marketplace where they’re protected are going to see big increases in premiums if a lot of healthy people leave to buy short-term plans,” she said.

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Say ‘yes’ to expanded coverage, ‘no’ to work requirements

  • by Laura Colbert
  • Georgia Health News

Editorial: Laura Colbert of Georgians for a Healthy Future cites Georgia’s high uninsured rate, the opioid epidemic, and the financial struggles of rural hospitals in calling for the state to expand coverage. But she is opposed to “tethering Medicaid eligibility to employment.”

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Georgians have 26 billion reasons to watch budget this year

  • by James Salzer
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“We are very concerned about how this may impact Georgia’s Medicaid program,” said Laura Colbert, the executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future. “When we talk about cutting Medicaid at the state level, you are really talking about cutting health care to children, seniors and people with disabilities.”

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GHF ED on “Closer Look”

  • by Rose Scott
  • WABE 90.1

Health care was a major topic in 2017 and will continue to be in 2018. We look at the final Obamacare enrollment numbers, the potential impact of the Republicans repealing the individual mandate, and get an outlook for 2018. A conversation with Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for A Healthy Future.

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