For 10 years, Georgia state leaders have blocked access to affordable health coverage via Medicaid to almost 600,000 Georgians, Knetta Adkins with Georgians for a Healthy Future said last month.
Blog (March 2011)
Month: March 2011
By Amanda Ptashkin
Earlier this month, we heard the story of Cory K, a recent college grad trying to find a job and start a career in one of the most tumultuous economic times of recent years. Having fallen off her parents’ plan after graduation and having been denied private insurance because of a pre-existing condition, Cory was concerned about finding coverage, especially while she was looking for a job. That changed on September 23, 2010 when the dependent care provision of the Affordable Care Act took effect and Cory was allowed back on her mother’s insurance plan. Around that time, Cory was lucky to find a job that offered insurance but she would have to wait 6 months for the coverage to take effect. Because of the dependent care provision, Cory has been able to rejoin her mother’s insurance plan and protect herself from unknown risks and avoid a lapse in coverage. (more…)
By Amanda Ptashkin
While it is true that the Affordable Care Act will insure more people and stop some insidious insurance industry practices, it does so much more than that–it begins to equalize the playing field. For women in particular, from fighting for the right to vote to fighting for pay equity, there has always been an inequity in how woman are treated and this holds true when dealing with health and health care. (more…)
By Amanda Ptashkin
In the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments. They are series of limitations on the power of the United States federal government, protecting the natural rights of liberty and property including freedom of speech, a free press, free assembly, and free association, and other rights. It only seems natural that moving forward, patients have their own Bill of Rights that protect them from harmful practices that make access to care difficult. (more…)
As we continue to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, we look to the changes that affect senior citizens and highlight how far we’ve come in just one year. One of the first provisions to take effect under the new law was the beginning of the closing of the Medicare donut hole. (more…)
When Julie Haley started her small business, Edge Solutions, in 2008, she had to make some tough decisions. She wanted to attract high-caliber employees and wanted to be competitive within her field, IT. Though it was a significant financial commitment, she believed that providing health insurance to her employees was crucial.
Here’s what’s on the agenda for the health care committees in the Georgia General Assembly this week. As these are all subject to change, check the General Assembly’s website for the most up-to-date information.
9am Senate HHS Health Care Delivery Subcommittee Meeting
10am House Insurance Admin/Licensing Subcommittee Meeting
2pm Senate HHS Full Committee Meeting
3:30pm House HHS Full Committee Meeting
HB 324, Neal
8:30am, Senate HHS Subcommittee
2pm or upon adjournment, House Health Appropriations Subcommittee Meeting
FY 2012 Budget
3pm, Senate Insurance & Labor Committee
4pm, House Insurance Committee
10am, Senate HHS
1pm, Senate Insurance
By Cindy Zeldin
On Friday, House Bill 476, which would establish the Georgia Health Exchange Authority, was introduced. The legislation sets up a governance structure for a state health insurance exchange and creates an advisory committee to advise the governing board on the design, implementation, and operation of the exchange and is tasked with providing a report containing specific recommendations based on a set of guiding principles delineated in the bill in December 2011. This legislation is a constructive first step towards creating a more competitive, consumer-friendly, and affordable health insurance marketplace in Georgia. The bill is on the agenda in the House Insurance Committee on Tuesday, March 8th at 4pm in Room 406 CLOB.
[Washington, DC] – A few weeks ago, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) spoke out against one of the Affordable Care Act’s most popular provisions, which allows young adults to stay on their parent’s plan up to age 26. Speaking from the House floor he said “I have four kids under the age of 26. I have raised them to be responsible. The average age of soldiers in Vietnam was 19. World War II probably the same. I have raised my kids to be responsible, to get health care at 21. Kids don’t need to be running home to mommy and daddy until they’re 26 for healthcare.” The dependent coverage provision is one of the most popular in the health care law, with polls showing as much as 70% of Americans support the provision. (more…)