If Georgia fully expanded Medicaid with the federal government absorbing 95% of the tab, the state could cover more than 350,000 of the over 400,000 uninsured people living in Georgia,…
Blog (February 2010)
Month: February 2010
Guest Blog By Michelle Putnam, MPH
For those inclined to live under a rock, the state of Georgia is in a deep recession, with revenues steadily declining over the past year and showing no sign of recovery. In Georgia, 20% of adults and 18% of high school students smoke, costing our $2 billion a year in smoking-related health problems. Is there a magic pill that would solve both of these problems at once? You bet there is. I give you, the tobacco tax.
By Cindy Zeldin
A new study released this week by Georgia State University found that, in sheer numbers, only California, Texas, New York, and Florida have more uninsured people than Georgia. That’s right: we rank 5th in the total number of uninsured, but 9th in total population. Comprehensive health reform would provide affordable avenues to coverage for the vast majority of our state’s 1.67 million uninsured. Let’s get it done.