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.

2017

Progressive groups release ‘Voices for Equity’ report on transgender access to healthcare

  • by Dallas Duncan
  • Georgia Voice

“The ACA has been successful in opening up health coverage and care to so many Georgians, but this report shows that there is more work to be done,” Laura Colbert, Executive Director of GHF, said in a statement. “Policymakers, advocates and healthcare providers should work with the transgender community to ensure that the barriers identified in this report are addressed.”

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Georgia health care leaders say it’s time to act

  • by Ariel Hart and Tamar Hallerman
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

“Our elected officials can’t address real issues that people are experiencing in the health care system unless they’re hearing from their constituents. And so people should take the time, write their elected officials and email. What’s working for their health care? What’s not working?

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Georgians hit by Obamacare subsidy uncertainty

  • by Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

Laura Colbert, the executive director of the patient-advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, is especially concerned about rural patients.

Ninety percent of Georgia’s Obamacare customers would be protected from the cost hikes by another kind of subsidy that they qualify for, which would fill the gap. However, Colbert added, “many middle- and higher-income people, and families who do not get any help purchasing insurance, would be hit with higher prices.”

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Reaction to the defeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal effort

  • by Tom Corwin
  • Augusta Chronicle

Georgians for a Healthy Future called it a “win for Georgians” but also group also acknowledged that “our work is not over,” it said in a statement.

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After repeal bill failure, shock, relief and disappointment in Georgia

  • by Ariel Hart , Craig Schneider & Tamar Hallerman
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

“This outcome is a victory for Georgians in every corner of the state,” a patients’ advocacy group, Georgians for a Healthy Future, said in a notice to its members thanking them for fighting the “unconscionable cuts.”

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Ga. Leaders Must Deal With Existing Health Care Law After Senate Vote

  • by Susanna Capelouto
  • WABE

“In Medicaid expansion, states’ premiums have been 7 to 8 percent lower,” said Laura Colbert with Georgians for a Healthy Future, a group that supports Medicaid expansion.

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Senate narrowly moves ACA repeal bill forward

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

Laura Colbert of consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future said, “We are disappointed that the Senate has chosen to move forward on proposals that so clearly threaten the coverage and access that Georgia consumers and patients rely on every day.”

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Senators vote to open debate on health care law

  • by Tamar Hallerman and Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

“It was very intense,” Laura Colbert said. “This has been a really intense period and a long fight. So I think we had some hope that we might have a resolution today and we could really begin a more deliberative and constructive policy making process. So it is disappointing that we’re not there yet.”

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Senate to push for health care debate, but which plan?

  • by Tamar Hallerman and Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution

“The way to fix that is the opposite of essentially what would be happening in the Senate bill,” said Laura Colbert, the director of outreach for the patient advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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Georgians wonder what will happen with their healthcare

  • by Giovanna Drpic
  • CBS46 News

“For the individual market, (Blue Cross Blue Shield) is probably are the most important insurer in the state. They cover all 159 counties, and for 96 of Georgia’s counties, they’re the only insurer in the individual marketplace,” says Laura Colbert with non-partisan group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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