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.

2020

Struggling rural health care system to get tested by COVID-19 outbreak

  • by Ross Williams
  • Georgia Recorder

The challenges Georgia’s rural communities confront with the coronavirus pandemic serve to highlight problems that have been around for a long time, said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a health care consumer advocacy group.

“Health care has been a top issue for voters and consumers for a number of years now, and I think that we’re seeing exactly what doesn’t work under a magnifying glass,” she said. “So, in Georgia, we’ve got about a 15% uninsured rate. We’ve got many folks above that 15% who have health insurance but are considered underinsured, or even if they don’t fall, technically, within the category of underinsured, many feel like they’re being stretched too thin with premiums and deductibles.”

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Family gets relief on surprise bill

  • by Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
  • Marietta Daily Journal

Consumer groups have supported the legislation. Laura Colbert of Georgians for a Healthy Future said Tuesday that the legislation “is a big step forward for Georgia consumers.’’

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Family Gets Relief On Surprise Bill; Ga. Legislation Advances To Help Others

  • by Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
  • WABE

Consumer groups have supported the legislation. Laura Colbert of Georgians for a Healthy Future said Tuesday that the legislation “is a big step forward for Georgia consumers.’’

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Bill to curb medical ‘surprise billing’ squeaks out of health committee

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

Patient and consumer advocates, though, argue that the measure as-is would make a significant dent in the problem of surprise medical bills. About 2.6 million people could be helped, according to Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Any further delay in passing this legislation would really only serve to keep consumers in a place where they’re receiving bills for hundreds or thousands of dollars after they’ve scheduled health care services and have done their due diligence and yet still receive bills that are out of their control,” said Laura Colbert, director of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

Colbert cited a recent study from the Journal of the American Medical Association that found that about one out of five in-network surgeries at in-network facilities result in out-of-network bills.

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How a family learned the pain of surprise billing

  • by Andy Miller Georgia Health News
  • Marietta Daily Journal

Laura Colbert of Georgians for a Healthy Future told the Senate Health and Human Services Committee about a Cedartown resident who got a surprise $2,200 bill from an anesthesiologist not in his network.

“We believe these protections (in the Senate bill) are fair and reasonable,’’ Colbert told the panel. “It’s time to protect Georgians.’’

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Feds Slow Down But Don’t Stop Georgia’s Contentious Effort To Ditch ACA Marketplace

  • by Steven Findlay
  • Kaiser Health News

“If CMS were to approve this waiver in its current form, I would expect lawsuits on behalf of Georgia consumers and families,” said Laura Colbert, executive director at Georgians for a Healthy Future, a consumer group based in Atlanta that has called the proposal “terrible for Georgians.” “The proposal would encourage enrollment in substandard plans and likely cause many Georgians to lose coverage. People with preexisting health conditions would be put at risk.”

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End in sight for ‘surprise billing’ in Georgia

  • by Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service
  • Marietta Daily Journal

“We really think it’s time to put this to bed and protect Georgians,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of the nonprofit Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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End in sight for ‘surprise billing’ in Georgia

  • by Beau Evans Capitol Beat News Service
  • The Augusta Chronicle

“We really think it’s time to put this to bed and protect Georgians,” said Laura Colbert, the executive director of the nonprofit Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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End in sight for ‘surprise billing’ in Georgia

  • by Beau Evans Capitol Beat News Service
  • Savannah Morning News

“We really think it’s time to put this to bed and protect Georgians,” said Laura Colbert, the executive director of the nonprofit Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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Feds Seek More Data On Georgia’s Insurance Waiver

  • by Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
  • WABE

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future, when asked to comment on the contents of the letter, said Thursday that the state’s private insurance waiver “has a number of unanswered questions, from a consumer perspective.’’

She said, “It’s reassuring that federal agencies want answers to those questions.’’

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