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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.

2021

Georgians jumping on insurance exchange

  • by Andy Miller
  • Albany Herald

It’s important for consumers who enrolled before April 1 to return to healthcare.gov, the call center or their insurance counselor to get the extra financial assistance, Laura Colbert of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future said. The enhanced subsidies won’t automatically be applied for these people, she said.

“The high enrollment numbers demonstrate that the Affordable Care Act is an invaluable safety net for consumers during volatile economic times,’’ Colbert said. “It also seems to signal that some consumers need more than a six-week window to navigate the enrollment process, and that promotion, marketing, and consumer assistance during enrollment opportunities really do impact how many people get covered.”

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Georgians Taking Advantage Of Special Enrollment On Exchange

  • by Andy Miller
  • GPB

It’s important for consumers who enrolled before April 1 to return to healthcare.gov, the call center or their insurance counselor to get the extra financial assistance, said Laura Colbert of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. The enhanced subsidies won’t automatically be applied for these people, she said.

“The high enrollment numbers demonstrate that the Affordable Care Act is an invaluable safety net for consumers during volatile economic times,’’ Colbert said. “It also seems to signal that some consumers need more than a six-week window to navigate the enrollment process, and that promotion, marketing, and consumer assistance during enrollment opportunities really do impact how many people get covered.”

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Ga. GOP bets on limited Medicaid expansion despite fed’s push for more

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

Laura Colbert, who is the executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future and a spokesperson for the coalition, said the advertising push was meant to drive awareness that “the landscape has pretty meaningfully shifted” when it comes to Medicaid expansion.

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Medicaid Expansion Bid Gains as Holdout States Eye New Perk

  • by Alex Ruoff
  • Bloomberg Government

“There are so many meaningful things that our state could do with those dollars that we’re hopeful that state leaders have a hard time passing it up,” Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said. Part of that Medicaid expansion drive is to attract voters.

“The financial incentive is adding some pressure and definitely making it more appealing,” Colbert said.

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COVID Relief Plan could help cut ACA insurance costs

  • by Andy Miller
  • Albany Herald

The subsidy boost could be especially helpful for people in southwest Georgia, an area that has some of the highest premiums in the nation, said Laura Colbert of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Every consumer who shops for coverage will get a better deal than they were able to get even a few weeks ago,’’ she said. “Consumers with higher incomes who previously received no financial help will see their premiums drop so that they are no longer paying more than 8.5 percent of their income.”

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Federal stimulus bill brings insurance price breaks for many Georgians

  • by Andy Miller
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The subsidy boost could be especially helpful for people in southwest Georgia, an area that has some of the highest premiums in the nation, said Laura Colbert of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“Every consumer who shops for coverage will get a better deal than they were able to get even a few weeks ago,’’ she said. “Consumers with higher incomes who previously received no financial help will see their premiums drop so that they are no longer paying more than 8.5% of their income.”

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The Jolt: COVID relief will be at center of the storm in Georgia politics

  • by Patricia Murphy, Greg Bluestein, Tia Mitchell
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The Kemp waiver plan, as outlined now, is much less ambitious. It would cost $75 million for the first year, and cover just 31,000 low-income adults, according to the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. A standard expansion would give Medicaid eligibility to 480,000 to 600,000 people in the state, said Laura Colbert, the group’s executive director.”

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Will New Incentives For Medicaid Expansion Sway Georgia Leaders?

  • by Andy Miller
  • GPB

The Kemp waiver plan, as outlined now, is much less ambitious. It would cost $75 million for the first year, and cover just 31,000 low-income adults, according to the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future. A standard expansion would give Medicaid eligibility to 480,000 to 600,000 people in the state, said Laura Colbert, the group’s executive director.

“Medicaid expansion has always been the moral and cost-effective choice for Georgia,’’ she said. The new incentive package, she said, “just amplifies that choice.’’

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Clearer path for Georgia children to receive Medicaid passes General Assembly

  • by Beau Evans Staff Writer Capitol Beat News Service
  • Albany Herald

Pending approval from the federal government, the automatic enrollment would allow an estimated 60,000 Medicaid-eligible children who receive food stamps to also join the joint state-federal health program, according to the nonprofit advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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Foundation grant aimed at medical billing, debt in southwest Georgia

  • by Dave Williams Capitol Beat News Service
  • Henry Herald

“Medical debt burdens Georgians significantly, stemming in part from the state’s large uninsured population,” Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said. “Southwest Georgia, in particular, has some of the highest health costs in the country due primarily to the lack of competition among providers and insurers.”

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