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.
“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.
Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said many customers who are low or middle income won’t have to pay the entire sticker price because of tax subsidies from the government to help pay for the premiums.
Panelists will include Laura Colbert, the director of Outreach and Partnerships at Georgians for a Healthy Future; Janel Green, co-founder of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice; Keri Norris, the Chief Health Policy Administrator for the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority; and representatives from the Medical Association of Georgia .
“What we need to do is get some certainty, and it needs to be certainty that benefits consumers,” said Cindy Zeldin, the Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future. “And of course the Department of Insurance should do everything in its power to make sure any rate increases it approves are fair and justified.”
Cindy Zeldin of consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future, which supports the Affordable Care Act, said Thursday that the rate increases reflect the uncertainty over the exchanges’ future.
The Republican legislation, if enacted, “would have an especially big impact on children of color in our state,’’ Laura Colbert adds. “We already see health disparities in communities of color in terms of shorter life spans and higher rates of chronic diseases. Coverage losses among primarily children of color would widen those gaps.”
“This legislation would crush consumers by destabilizing insurance markets, eliminating critical protections, and forcing too many Georgians into the ranks of the uninsured and underinsured,” Cindy Zeldin said. “Congress should go back to the drawing board and take time to craft responsible health care legislation that helps, not harms, consumers.”
“The cuts are very worrying,” says Laura Colbert with Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Aside from the possibility of Georgia having to cut services or raise taxes to pay for these services, there could be a difference in the quality of services that people end up receiving.”
“This will be devastating for Georgia children, for Georgia families, for Georgia seniors,” said Cindy Zeldin, director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a patient advocacy group. “It’s really critical that this be stopped or dramatically changed in the Senate.”
Cindy Zeldin of Georgians for a Healthy Future, which is supportive of the ACA, said the GOP proposal would have “a devastating effect’’ on many Georgians, including children with disabilities, people who rely on Medicaid services, and those with health conditions.