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.

2016

Atlantans To See Health Insurance Premium Hike

  • by Tasnim Shamma
  • WABE

“It’s really important for consumers to start that process now of looking at the range of options, exploring the tax credits, and accessing free in-person local help if they can to navigate through this,” Zeldin said.

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Lawmakers begin looking at alternatives to standard Medicaid expansion

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

A legislative panel heard testimony Wednesday on ideas for reducing the high number of uninsured people in Georgia through alternatives to a standard Medicaid expansion.

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Augusta hospitals, clinics providing better care

  • by Tom Corwin
  • The Augusta Chronicle

“We have a lot of work to do to bring in people who aren’t in it yet,” Colbert said. “Many of them are eligible for tax credits and financial assistance and don’t know they are.” But even if all of those signed up, Georgia would still face a significant coverage gap of 300,000 people who do not currently qualify for Medicaid coverage or the Marketplace. “Most of them are working in low-income jobs that do not provide benefits,” Colbert said.

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Georgia again ranks high in rate of uninsured

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

Cindy Zeldin of Georgians for a Healthy Future pointed to the impact of expansion on coverage rates. “The success of other states around the country, including Southern states like Kentucky and Arkansas, in driving their uninsured rates down below 10 percent shows that we can do it too.” she said. “Closing the coverage gap in Georgia would help put us on this path.”

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Hall residents lose insurance options as providers pull out of Affordable Care Act

  • by Joshua Silavent
  • Gainesville Times

“Consumers who live in states that have expanded Medicaid are seeing lower-cost marketplace plans than consumers in states that have not expanded,” said Laura Colbert, director of outreach and partnerships for Georgians for a Healthy Future, an advocacy group that supports the ACA. “Georgia’s decision not to close its coverage gap may have had a negative effect on marketplace enrollment, thus undercutting the success of insurance carriers in the state and influencing their decisions to participate in Georgia’s marketplace.”

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DON McKEE: Georgia’s big business key to health care challenge

  • by Don McKee
  • Marietta Daily Journal

Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future and head of the Cover Georgia coalition, called the task force’s options “a strong starting point.” She added: “We look forward to a statewide conversation in the coming months about the best approach to ensure all Georgians have a pathway to coverage and access to care.”

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Task force unveils options to cover uninsured in Georgia

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

A widely anticipated plan to reduce the number of Georgians without health coverage, unveiled Wednesday, takes a unique, conservative approach to Medicaid expansion. The plan, created by a health care task force, contains three proposals with differing eligibility standards and designs. The group’s leaders said Wednesday that they hope the options will serve as a kick start for discussion this fall and into next year’s General Assembly session.

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Ga. Chamber Releases Plans For Expanding Health Care Access

  • by Michell Eloy
  • WABE

A health care task force created by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce released its much-anticipated report on ways the state could expand medical coverage to the uninsured Wednesday, outlining three paths for lawmakers to consider this coming legislative session.

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Blue Cross To Be Sole Obamacare Insurer In Most Ga. Counties

  • by Michell Eloy
  • WABE

“This is still a market that’s young, and it’s changing and maturing,” Zeldin said. “And carriers seem to be moving in and out as they determine whether or not they want to be in long term.”

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State accepts new hike in Blue Cross exchange premiums

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

The state insurance department Tuesday approved an average premium increase of 21.4 percent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia for the 2017 health insurance exchange in Georgia.

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