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

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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PeachCare funding drying up fast

  • by Joshua Silavent
  • Gainesville Times

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, an organization in Atlanta that advocates for public health insurance programs, said CHIP has traditionally had bipartisan support, which makes the lag in funding all the more concerning.

“It makes us nervous on a couple fronts,” she added.

First, it could be an indicator of Congress’ willingness to support other public health programs going forward, Colbert said.

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ACA health insurance enrollment exceeds forecast in nation, state

  • by Joshua Silavent
  • Gainesville Times

“Given the confusion around the proposed repeal of the ACA, the shorter enrollment period and the drastic cuts to consumer outreach and assistance, I expected enrollments to be much lower,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, an advocacy organization in Atlanta that encouraged ACA sign-ups. “This year’s enrollment numbers demonstrate that the ACA is fulfilling an important need for Georgia consumers who are looking for affordable, quality health coverage.”

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Georgia Gets ACA Extension Thanks to Hurricane Irma

  • by Susanna Capelouto
  • WABE 90.1 FM

For advocates who support the Affordable Care Act the extension to sign up for insurance coverage was a bit of a surprise, but it was also welcome news.

“It’s tough timing to get the word out, because of the holidays, but we are going to let our partners know, especially those who serve people who may qualify for marketplace coverage,” said Laura Colbert with Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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