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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“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.
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.”