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.

2019

Change to surprise billing measure gains ground but draws criticism

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future said, “It is encouraging that legislators have not given up on finding a solution to surprise medical bills.’’

“After more than four years of debate on this issue, Georgians deserve relief and expect a solution,’’ she said. “Further delays in passing meaningful legislation would only punish consumers further.”

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Change To Georgia Surprise Billing Measure Gains Ground But Draws Criticism

  • by Andy Miller
  • WABE

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future said, “It is encouraging that legislators have not given up on finding a solution to surprise medical bills.’’

“After more than four years of debate on this issue, Georgians deserve relief and expect a solution,’’ she said. “Further delays in passing meaningful legislation would only punish consumers further.”

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CON issue revived in state Senate

  • by Andy Miller
  • Albany Herald

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future added, “We are very excited this conversation is moving forward.’’ But she added that 200,000 uninsured Georgians would not gain Medicaid if the coverage cutoff is 100 percent of poverty.

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Kemp backs bid for CON changes, gets House panel OK on waiver plan

  • by Andy Miller
  • Georgia Health News

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future added, “we are very excited this conversation is moving forward.’’ But she added that 200,000 uninsured Georgians would not gain Medicaid if the coverage cutoff is 100 percent of poverty.

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Kemp Backs Bid For Certificate-Of-Need Changes, Gets House Panel OK On Waiver Plan

  • by Andy Miller
  • WABE

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future added, “we are very excited this conversation is moving forward.’’ But she added that 200,000 uninsured Georgians would not gain Medicaid if the coverage cutoff is 100 percent of poverty.

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Kemp backs bid for CON changes, gets House panel OK on waiver plan

  • by Andy Miller
  • Gwinnett Daily Post

Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future added, “we are very excited this conversation is moving forward.’’ But she added that 200,000 uninsured Georgians would not gain Medicaid if the coverage cutoff is 100 percent of poverty.

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Effort to tamp down surprise ER bills faces trouble in Georgia House

  • by Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“It’s disappointing that consumers will be left in the same situation that they’ve been in for years now,” said Laura Colbert, the director of the patient advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “On the hook for surprise medical bills that they had no control over and that can have a big impact on their financial health.”

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Bill that passed Georgia House a “first step” on drug transparency

  • by Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Laura Colbert, executive director of the patient advocacy Georgians for a Healthy Future, called the bill “a good first step,” but said that the best thing would be if the bill required the information to become public rather than sitting confidential in state offices.

House Bill 323

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Surprise hospital bills under review

  • by Andy Miller
  • Stateboro Herald

“Consumers purchase health insurance as much to protect their finances as they do to protect their health, and when they receive surprise out-of-network medical bills, it feels like an unfair deal — and often it is,’’ says Laura Colbert of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Commonly, consumers who receive surprise bills had no choice or control over their health provider and no way to find out ahead of time who would be treating them and if they were in network.‘’

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Georgia legislative fight over surprise billing renewed

  • by Andy Miller
  • Athens Banner-Herald

“Consumers purchase health insurance as much to protect their finances as they do to protect their health, and when they receive surprise out-of-network medical bills, it feels like an unfair deal — and often it is,″ says Laura Colbert of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Commonly, consumers who receive surprise bills had no choice or control over their health provider and no way to find out ahead of time who would be treating them and if they were in network.”

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