Consumer Protections & Insurance Reforms

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Our health insurance system is rapidly changing. New coverage options and consumer protections enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act have helped hundreds of thousands of Georgians secure health insurance and have expanded the rights and protections of all covered Georgians. At the same time, new models of health insurance (such as narrow networks), industry consolidation, and other changes within the health insurance system create new challenges and hurdles for consumers. As policymakers respond to these changes, it is imperative that the voices of health care consumers are at the table and that their needs are considered. Georgians for a Healthy Future monitors state and federal legislation and regulations on health insurance and weighs in on behalf of consumers.

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GHF In The News
Jul 26, 2016
A Closer Look
Rose Scott and Jim Burress

3:37: Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future talks about why the Justice Department wants to block two of the nation’s largest health insurers from merging and what…

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New Policy Report Released!

Getting Georgia Covered: What We Can Learn from Consumer and Assister Experiences During the Third Open Enrollment Period With three annual open enrollment periods completed and a fourth one just around the corner, the Health Insurance Marketplace has become established as the avenue for purchasing coverage for roughly half a million Georgians. This report builds…

Department of Justice Moves to Block Major Health Insurance Mergers

A win for Georgia health care consumers!  Today the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced they will file suit to block both the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna health insurance mergers. Georgia’s attorney general is listed as one of the plaintiffs in the Aetna-Humana case. Earlier this week we released a policy report, Proceed with Caution: Proposed Health Insurance…

New Policy Report Released

Two of the nation’s largest health insurance companies announced proposed mergers last year that would drastically change the health insurance market in Georgia. In this report, Georgians for a Healthy Future summarizes current insurance market concentration in Georgia, outlines the impact of mergers on premiums and access to health care providers, explains the role of…

The Impact of the Consumer Voice

Does a strong consumer voice make a difference in health policy outcomes? According to a Mathematica Policy Research evaluation of state-level consumer health advocacy projects supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), yes! At Georgians for a Healthy Future, consumer engagement is woven into each of our initiatives to bring the needs – and…