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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.

2021

Georgia defends insurance waiver as company interest builds

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News
Laura Colbert of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future said Wednesday that “coverage under a waiver must be at least as affordable and comprehensive as under the ACA and cover a comparable number of people.’’ “The Trump administration, which approved Gov. Kemp’s waiver, interpreted these guardrails so loosely that it allowed for rollbacks of fundamental consumer protections,” she said. “The Biden administration has proposed re-interpreting this part of the law so that consumer protections are maintained. The federal government seems to be asking Georgia to prove that this plan meets these re-interpreted standards.”
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State Tangles With Feds In Medicaid Showdown

  • by Riley Bunch
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting

“The bottom line is people need health coverage as soon as possible, for as many people as possible,” Laura Colbert, executive director at Georgians for a Healthy Future. “I think that’s kind of the thrust of the conversation is how do we get that done — either at the state level or the federal level.”

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Warnock: ‘fix’ to help expand Medicaid in Georgia & other holdout states

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

“It’s definitely doable,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a patient advocacy group. “The infrastructure of the federal government could be pretty easily adapted – in government terms – to this purpose.

“The conversations we’re hearing range a whole lot as far as what the federal fix to the coverage gap is,” she added.

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Supreme Court ends challenge by Georgia, other states to Obamacare

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

“While we were disappointed to see such a frivolous lawsuit endure as long as it did, we are hopeful that this will be the last attempt to overturn the law that has provided quality, affordable coverage to hundreds of thousands of Georgians,” Whitney Griggs, health policy analyst with Georgians for a Healthy Future, said in a statement.

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Though facing the federal axe, state’s Medicaid waiver plans moving ahead

  • by Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
  • Rome News-Tribune

“If the governor is feeling an urgency to act and get Georgians covered, the quickest and easiest way to do that would be through Medicaid expansion,’’ said Laura Colbert of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Any attempt to implement the Pathways waiver without an official thumbs-up from CMS could put Georgia on the hook for 100 percent of the costs. That would add up quickly, likely outstripping the costs of Medicaid expansion while covering many, many fewer Georgians.”

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Despite warning from feds, Georgia officials moving forward with Medicaid launch

  • by Andy Miller
  • Clayton News Daily

A standard expansion would give Medicaid eligibility to 480,000 to 600,000 people in the state, according to the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future. It’s paid for with 90 percent federal funds, higher than the rest of the Medicaid program, which in Georgia is 67 percent federally funded.

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Federal Agencies Want More Information On Georgia’s Plan To Cut Ties With Healthcare.gov

  • by Sam Whitehead
  • WABE

“The Biden administration is justified in asking for more information about the Georgia Access plan,” said Laura Colbert with the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, which has long had concerns about the proposal.

“If Georgia cuts ties with Healthcare.gov, Georgians and their families would be at much higher risk of becoming uninsured or underinsured. This is especially true for people of color, rural residents, Georgians with chronic health conditions and low-income folks,” she continued.

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Georgetown Study Suggests Georgia Should Take Medicaid Expansion Deal

  • by Jill Nolin
  • GPB

“The folks who make up a significant portion of our uninsured population are people with whom we interact regularly,” Laura Colbert, director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said in a call Thursday with reporters about the report.

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Report: Low-income workers would benefit most from Medicaid expansion in Georgia

  • by Dave Williams Capitol Beat News Service
  • Gwinnett Daily Post

“Expanding Medicaid to Georgia workers is a powerful way to thank them for the work they did to keep our state’s economy moving over the last year,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of the nonprofit Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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State report: Georgia will focus on health disparities

  • by Rebecca Grapevine
  • Albany Herald

Laura Colbert, executive director of the group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said it’s important to hold the companies accountable, and for the state to be ‘’creative, forward-looking, and progressive when it comes to Medicaid payment and policies.”

“DCH has made meaningful strides in the last several years that give me reason to think it can rise to the occasion and embody all three of these qualities if given support from the governor and legislature,” Colbert said.

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