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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.

2023

One year after Atlanta Medical Center closed, hospital site remains in limbo

  • by Jess Mador
  • WABE
“Grady does amazing work, but there are only so many doctors and so many patient rooms and so many resources that they have, and they need support in providing care for this community as well,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of the health policy organization Georgians for a Healthy Future.
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Georgia’s Medicaid program — the only one in the U.S. with a work requirement — has enrolled just 1,343 residents in three months

  • by Alice Barrett
  • Georgia Law News

“Pathways to Coverage falls far short of these commitments to uninsured Georgians. Expanding Medicaid would be a more effective way to provide meaningful care to citizens and connect them to care,” Laura Colbert, executive director of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said in a statement Friday.

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Georgia’s plan to expand Medicaid enrolls fewer than 2,000 so far

  • by Ariel Hart
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Low enrollment plaguing Georgia’s limited Medicaid expansion

  • by Dave Williams
  • Capitol Beat News Service

“Medicaid expansion would be a more effective way to meaningfully cover state residents and connect them to care,” added Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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Georgia Medicaid program with work requirement has enrolled only 1,343 residents in 3 months

  • Associated Press

“Pathways to Coverage is falling well short of these commitments to uninsured Georgians. Medicaid expansion would be a more effective way to meaningfully cover state residents and connect them to care,” Laura Colbert, executive director of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said in a statement Friday.

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Experts say Georgia’s certificate of need program could stifle businesses

  • The Black Chronicle

According to Georgians For a Healthy Future, nine rural Georgia hospitals have closed since 2010.

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Georgians for a Healthy Future director believes in the power of a sabbatical

  • by Rebecca Grapevine
  • Atlanta Business Chroncile

Laura Colbert credits her two dogs, Mud and Ginger, with helping her maintain her own health and work-life balance in the face of numerous pressing priorities.

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Capitol Recap: Kemp suspends motor fuel tax, giving Georgians break at the pump

  • by Jim Denery
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Until this report, we didn’t know what the insurers were doing. So now we have a baseline. And we’ve got a long way to go,” said Whitney Griggs, a senior policy manager at Georgians for a Healthy Future, a group that pushed for the changes.

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Georgia insurers fail to prove compliance with mental health law

  • by Katherine Landergan and Maya T. Prabhu
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Until this report, we didn’t know what the insurers were doing. So now, we have a baseline. And we’ve got a long way to go,” said Whitney Griggs, a senior policy manager at Georgians for a Healthy Future, a group that pushed for the changes.

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Children Stand to Lose During Medicaid Unwinding, But There’s More We Can Do to Keep Georgians Covered

  • by Leah Chan
  • GBPI

“Unfortunately, Georgia has chosen a much more complicated process to expand health coverage for the few folks who are able to get coverage. Even with Georgia Pathways to Coverage in place, Georgians are still losing their health coverage. Work requirements are insurmountable right now and Georgia families deserve access to care without barriers and having to go through complicated enrollment procedures.”
–Knetta Adkins, Georgians for a Healthy Future’s Organizing Manager

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