A long-awaited health care proposal from House leaders would ease health care business regulations in some cases, but the measure is just as notable for what it does not do:…
Guest Blog By Holly Lang
In January 2009, Georgia Watch was awarded a two-year grant to help expand access to affordable health care to uninsured and underinsured consumers in the metro area. Called the Metropolitan Atlanta Hospital Accountability Project, or HAP, we’ll examine the challenges low-income, uninsured and underinsured patients face in the metro Atlanta area by surveying consumers, by analyzing the financial aid policies at area for profit and nonprofit hospitals, and by looking at current public policies that force hospitals to give free or low-cost care to the state’s uninsured and underinsured consumers. We’ll come up with ways to make those policies better.
Georgia has the sixth-highest number of residents without health insurance in the US and ranks 11th in its percentage of the population lacking coverage, according to a 2008 report from the Georgia State University’s Health Policy Center and the Center for Health Services Research. According to the report, only one in five individuals living below poverty have private insurance and nearly 38 percent are uninsured.
Guest Blog By Randi Greene-Chapman
On behalf of the American Diabetes Association, I am delighted to welcome Georgians for a Healthy Future as a new partner in advocacy and policy development that will promote health and wellness throughout Georgia. The American Diabetes Association has a long-standing commitment to health care advocacy and is the country’s leading organization promoting diabetes educational information, materials, advocacy and awareness. I am looking forward to a positive and successful working relationship with Georgians for a Healthy Future. We are also bringing in a professional to help go over the new specifics of the Keto diet for beginners
Advocacy plays an integral role in the American Diabetes Association’s work to fulfill its mission and we maintain a robust legislative agenda on both the state and federal levels. Our efforts in state government affairs have led to major improvements in health insurance coverage for people with diabetes, improved care for children with diabetes in schools, adoption of programs to fund diabetes research and policies to improve fitness and reduce obesity among our nation’s youth counting with information from sites as Fitness Exact. We have successfully worked with state legislators in 46 states to pass laws that mandate insurance coverage for a variety of diabetes care needs. In addition, we have helped ensure that schools across the county are medically safe for students with diabetes.
By Mike King
The current controversy over closing Grady Memorial Hospital’s outpatient kidney dialysis clinic is indicative of more than just the struggling Atlanta hospital’s hard choices about what services it can afford to make available for the region’s poor and uninsured.
While much of the focus on the closing has centered on what to do about the illegal immigrants who depend on Grady’s dialysis unit, the pathology of the problem lies within flaws in the nation’s complicated and – at times nonsensical – policies for covering end-stage kidney disease.
To fully understand Grady’s dilemma, it helps to understand how we got here and why we’re stuck now.
Guest Blog By Brittany Freeman
The American Cancer Society is proud to congratulate Georgians for a Healthy Future on its recent launch. We are honored to share in the work of this organization that is dedicated to developing solutions and strategies that address Georgians’ need for accessible, adequate, affordable quality health care.
The American Cancer Society has been a strong advocate for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and others since its inception. Both on the legislative front and in every community, the American Cancer Society is dedicated to expanding access to care to more individuals. Like Georgians for a Healthy Future, we believe that health care should be available, affordable, adequate and administratively simple – we refer to these as our “4 A’s”. Health care that meets these four standards, promotes prevention and focuses on quality of life will support our work to eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
By Cindy Zeldin
Welcome to Healthy Debate! Georgians for a Healthy Future is launching this blog as a forum for Georgia’s health care voices. In this space, we’ll exchange ideas, research, and information about advocacy efforts and tools. We’re starting off with some commentary pieces from local health care experts and advocates. We hope you’ll join the conversation!