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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

More aid may be headed to Grady Hospital ahead of Atlanta Medical Center closure

  • by Jess Mador
  • WABE
Reimbursements for that medical care for patients who can’t afford to pay would go up significantly if the state fully expands Medicaid, said Laura Colbert, who heads the policy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Many more of their patients would be insured and therefore that would reduce the losses that they see at the hospitals,” she said.  
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Georgia Democratic lawmakers, physicians urge Wellstar not to close Atlanta Medical Center

  • by Jess Mador
  • WABE

Full Medicaid expansion would cover at least 75,000 more people in the two counties and funnel millions of dollars into supporting safety net hospitals, said Laura Colbert, executive director of the health policy organization Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Grady does amazing work but there are only so many doctors and so many patient rooms and so many resources that they have, and they need support in providing care for this community as well,” Colbert said.

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Patients angry over Atlanta Medical Center closing

  • by Crystal Bui

Georgians for a Healthy Future says AMC serves predominantly low-income and patients of color, including many who are uninsured.

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Kemp, Abrams stake out health care and Medicaid expansion as wedge issue

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting

The reinsurance program does deserve some credit for the increased number of carriers and lower premiums, but there are also other factors at play, says Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, which is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization.

“The reinsurance program certainly helps bring down premiums. I don’t think they can take full credit for it,” Colbert said.

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Georgia’s budget is a ‘snapshot of our morals and values,’ advocates of Medicaid expansion say

  • by Ellen Eldridge
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting

For 10 years, Georgia state leaders have continued to block access to affordable health coverage via Medicaid to almost 600,000 Georgians, Knetta Adkins with Georgians for a Healthy Future said Thursday.

“And in that time, we have seen uninsured Georgia adults, parents and low-wage workers left disappointed over their inability to meaningfully participate in the Georgia health care system,” she said.

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Judge’s decision backing Georgia Medicaid waiver draws reaction

  • by Ariel Hart

“If today’s court ruling stands and the Governor moves forward with his plan,” wrote GHF director Laura Colbert, “most of the uninsured Georgians who keep our communities moving will still have no meaningful pathway to health coverage. Nine in ten of those Georgians will still be uninsured without meaningful access to a doctor. Our rural hospitals will continue to struggle to keep their doors open.”

“The Governor will spend three times more per person than is necessary,” she said, referring to the federal contribution, “leaving billions of dollars on the table that are meant to improve health care access for Georgians.”

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Biden administration suspends Kemp’s health care plan months before planned start

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Public Broadcasting

The waiver would have shut the door on the most popular pathway for enrollment – healthcare.gov, said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Consumers will have all doors open to them this fall,” Colbert said Tuesday.

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Kemp in standoff with Biden administration over plan to block ACA site

“Governor Kemp’s plan to shut down the most popular enrollment pathway for Georgians buying their own health insurance is a gamble,” betting that people won’t give up on shopping for insurance entirely, said Laura Colbert, director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, an organization that supports the ACA and Medicaid expansion.

Colbert said that the plan the feds requested “simply asked that Georgia better detail its ‘outreach and communications plan, including planned funding, a spend plan, and additional information on engagement with underserved communities.’” but that Georgia had refused to do that. “After spending $31 million and ‘thousands of hours of staff time’ on the planning and implementation of Governor Kemp’s signature health care policy, surely the state has these plans in place already and the plans would be easy to share.”

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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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