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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.

2022

End date looms for federal health coverage for hundreds of thousands of Georgians

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder
“Congress must focus on a package that includes a continuation of the American Rescue Plan enhanced premium tax credits, and it’s imperative that a coverage gap fix be attached to that,” said Knetta Adkins, organizing manager with Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Under the current law, these provisions will sunset in 2023 if they are not expanded, resulting in higher out-of-pocket costs for enrollees and an increase in the number of uninsured,” she said.
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Biden administration suspends Georgia plan to bypass Obamacare site

  • by Seth Wenig
  • WABE

Any plan that would meaningfully disrupt health insurance for hundreds of thousands of people across the state should be carefully considered, Laura Colbert, the executive director of the group Georgians for a Healthy Future, says.

“I urge Gov. Kemp to take this opportunity to reconsider the Georgia Access waiver,” Cobert says. “Georgians and their families would be much better served by building on the stable and growing health insurance marketplace that we already have, rather than pushing it aside to gamble on an untested idea.”

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Kemp plan to replace Obamacare website blocked for now

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for Healthy Future, a consumer advocacy nonprofit, urged Kemp to use the pause as an opportunity to reconsider the waiver.

“There are more Georgians enrolled in coverage through the Affordable Care Act than ever before. Any plan that would meaningfully disrupt health insurance for 700,000 folks should be carefully considered,” Colbert said.

“Georgia leaders are not giving Georgians the courtesy of careful consideration when they refuse to answer questions about their plan to separate from healthcare.gov, and disregard evidence that it will mean some hard-working Georgians lose their coverage. Under these circumstances, it’s reasonable for the federal government to hit the brakes,” she added.

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Kemp plan to replace Obamacare website blocked for now

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for Healthy Future, a consumer advocacy nonprofit, urged Kemp to use the pause as an opportunity to reconsider the waiver.

“There are more Georgians enrolled in coverage through the Affordable Care Act than ever before. Any plan that would meaningfully disrupt health insurance for 700,000 folks should be carefully considered,” Colbert said.

“Georgia leaders are not giving Georgians the courtesy of careful consideration when they refuse to answer questions about their plan to separate from healthcare.gov, and disregard evidence that it will mean some hard-working Georgians lose their coverage. Under these circumstances, it’s reasonable for the federal government to hit the brakes,” she added.

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Biden administration suspends Kemp plan to block ACA website in Ga.

  • by Ariel Hart
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An opponent of the Kemp plan, Georgians for a Healthy Future director Laura Colbert, said the suspension was warranted.

“Any plan that would meaningfully disrupt health insurance for 700,000 folks should be carefully considered,” Colbert said in an emailed statement.

“Georgia leaders have refused to answer questions about their plan to separate from healthcare.gov, and disregarded evidence that their plan will mean some hard-working Georgians lose their coverage.”

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State hits Anthem with whopping fine for insurance violations

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

Laura Colbert, executive director of advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, praised the state action. “For our health care system to work as intended, patients, providers, and insurance companies each have to hold up their respective ends of the bargain,” Colbert said. “When Georgians paid their health insurance premiums each month, they did their part. Blue Cross Blue Shield failed to do the same when they were slow to address members’ complaints and made it difficult for members to access health care by sharing inaccurate information about which doctors were in-network.”

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Spike in mental health patients at the ER prompts local action, legislation

  • by Tom Corwin
  • Augusta Chronicle
The pandemic likely made that even worse, said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, which has been working on mental health issues for a decade.
 
“There was a need before the pandemic, too, but this is a lot more in the public eye now because of all of the things the pandemic has brought to light,” she said. A study in JAMA Psychiatry found that just during the first eight months of the pandemic there was a substantial increase in traffic to Emergency Rooms for suicide attempts, overdoses and opioid overdoses.
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Black women in U.S die disproportionately from preventable cervical cancer

  • by Olivia Coley Pearson
  • Augusta Free Press

Georgians for a Healthy Future has found that transportation is a barrier to health care for a large portion of Georgia’s population and 117 out of Georgia’s 159 counties are considered health transportation shortage areas.

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Medicaid battle between Biden and GOP-led states leaves enrollees in the middle

  • by Andy Miller
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Laura Colbert, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said the lawsuit brought by the governor and state attorney general is a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. “Federal courts have repeatedly struck down work requirements for Medicaid-eligible adults because work requirements ultimately act as a barrier to health coverage and care,” she said.

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Georgia sues Biden administration over health waiver

  • by Ariel Hart
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

On Friday, officials with Georgians for a Healthy Future, an organization that advocates for expanding Medicaid, said that’s what Kemp should do now.

“At this point, the governor and the attorney general are wasting taxpayer dollars and time that could be spent enrolling and covering people who are currently uninsured,” said Laura Colbert, GHF’s director.

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