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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

Supreme Court ends challenge by Georgia, other states to Obamacare

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder
“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.
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Though facing the federal axe, state’s Medicaid waiver plans moving ahead

  • by Andy Miller, Georgia Health News
  • Rome News-Tribune

“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.”

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Despite warning from feds, Georgia officials moving forward with Medicaid launch

  • by Andy Miller
  • Clayton News Daily

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.

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Federal Agencies Want More Information On Georgia’s Plan To Cut Ties With Healthcare.gov

  • by Sam Whitehead
  • WABE

“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.

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Georgetown Study Suggests Georgia Should Take Medicaid Expansion Deal

  • by Jill Nolin
  • GPB

“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.

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Report: Low-income workers would benefit most from Medicaid expansion in Georgia

  • by Dave Williams Capitol Beat News Service
  • Gwinnett Daily Post

“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.

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State report: Georgia will focus on health disparities

  • by Rebecca Grapevine
  • Albany Herald

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.

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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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