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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.
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.