NEWS & MEDIA
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.
Losing the bed tax “would be devastating for hospitals,” said Cindy Zeldin, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “It would hurt hospitals’ ability to deliver care, and particularly harm ones that serve high Medicaid and uninsured populations.”
Lastly, we should all say thanks to the many non-profit organizations that speak up at the capitol for good causes: family advocacy groups like Georgians for a Healthy Future and Voices for Georgia’s Children, along with entities like Georgia Watch and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy that try to protect citizens from the negative impacts of corporate greed. They all do their part.
“There’s this big question mark hanging over the entire framework of health insurance for many consumers all across the country with the conversations in Washington about potentially repealing the Affordable Care Act without really communicating what a replacement would be,” said Cindy Zeldin, executive director of the Atlanta-based Georgians for a Healthy Future, a consumer advocacy group.
“[Georgians] have responded by enrolling themselves and their families in health insurance because it meets a basic need for financial protection and access to the health care system. That need isn’t going to go away.’’
When it comes to reducing the number of uninsured Georgians the state can’t do much, said Cindy Zeldin with Georgians for a Healthy Future; it needs federal money. “Because one thing that we do know is that this is difficult to impossible to address only at the state level and only with state money,” Zeldin said.
Cindy Zeldin, executive director of consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said interstate sales “would erode rights and protections for health care consumers, complicate their efforts to find in-network providers, and do little to nothing to improve affordability.’’
“Enrollment is still really strong, and people still need coverage,’’ said Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a consumer advocacy group that supports the Affordable Care Act. Creating the exchange, she said, was a “major undertaking” by HHS, state insurance commissioners and health care stakeholders. “Unwinding that is not as easy as pressing a button or signing something into law.”
“It’s a time of uncertainty,” said Cindy Zeldin, the director of advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “We can’t go back. It would be devastating to consumers, to our economy and to our health system.”
“At the end of the day in Georgia, if we rip coverage away from half a million people and lose the opportunity to extend it to more, we’re still going to have to come up with ways to address having high numbers of uninsured with limited access to care, ” she said. “And we’ll have to do it with less resources, and that will only compound it for us at the state level.”
“It’s too soon to know precisely what policy changes will occur and what their impact will be, but advocacy at both the state and federal levels on behalf of Georgians who need access to quality, affordable health care has never been more important.”