In The News

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.

2020

NAIC Names 2020 Consumer Liaison Representatives

  • InsuranceNewsNet
Established in 1992, the Consumer Liaison Program “promotes consumer interaction with the NAIC’s members, the insurance industry and interested parties through the individuals’ dedication and commitment to serving the public interest,” an NAIC press release said. “Our consumer liaison representatives are experts in their fields and the NAIC relies on them to provide our regulators with direction and support,” said Ray Farmer, NAIC president and director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. “The work that consumer liaisons do alongside our members supports our organization in continuing to protect consumers.”
See the article for the full details

As rural physicians age out, health care industry fights to fill their place

  • by Riley Bunch
  • Valdosta Daily Times

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said people living in rural areas are more likely to have low levels of health literacy, compared to urban or suburban areas.

“When people have low health literacy skills, they may have problems reading and understanding even basic health information, like a pamphlet about a health condition,” Colbert said in a statement. “The challenges of health literacy among rural Georgians may make it difficult for many to understand their doctor’s instructions, manage their own health conditions, or sign up for insurance coverage.

See the article for the full details

Federal comments on Georgia Medicaid plan can shape results

  • by Maggie Lee
  • Georgia Recorder

A federal-state negotiation period over the plan will follow the comment period, said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a consumer health advocacy nonprofit. Colbert said that as other states navigated the waiver process, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have asked for changes based on public comments.

“There is some chance that the waiver itself gets some changes included,” Colbert said. “And then if it were to get approval, that legal record is really important for any litigation.”

See the article for the full details

Limited Medicaid expansion proposal poised for federal review

  • by Jill Nolin The Georgia Recorder
  • Valdosta Daily Times

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said the limited changes made to the proposal is tantamount to the state dismissing the input from those who argued for full expansion and against rules limiting coverage.

“We encourage Georgians to participate in the federal comment period to come so that federal officials are able to take that feedback into account as they consider approval of this proposal,” Colbert said.

See the article for the full details

Commenters question state Medicaid waiver plan for work requirements

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

“The public comments are important because they become part of the legal record,” said Laura Colbert, who submitted a letter opposing the proposal on behalf of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“And so, it is one of the most powerful ways that consumers can express their needs and concerns about what the state is doing related to health care,” she said.

See the article for the full details

EDITORIAL: Kemp health care plans debate is just beginning

  • Marietta Daily Journal

Laura Colbert of Georgians for a Healthy Future said the Medicaid waiver plan “will not work for the large majority of low-income people in the state.” She described the waiver as “insufficient and punitive,” saying the work requirements would reduce enrollment.

See the article for the full details

Georgia gov. proposes partial Medicaid expansion, work requirements

  • Advisory Board

Laura Colbert, director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said, “If there are really 408,000 people who could qualify for coverage and in five years the majority of those people are not expected to be covered, then there’s something wrong with the plan”

See the article for the full details

Georgia Medicaid plan fails to meet health care needs of thousands

  • by RTM Staff
  • Atlanta Daily World

“While every additional person who gains coverage is an important victory, this plan leaves too many Georgians uninsured. Georgia leaders should set aside partisan ideas that have failed in other states and instead pursue an evidence-based solution,” said Laura Colbert, Executive Director at Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Study after study demonstrates that Medicaid expansion results in improved health outcomes for adults who get covered, fewer financial struggles and more stable housing for low-income families, and stronger finances for community health centers and rural hospitals. Georgians deserve a healthier, financially vibrant future. Unfortunately, this plan does not move the state in that direction.”

See the article for the full details

Kemp’s Medicaid plan would cover thousands, but not most, of Georgia’s poor

  • by Ariel Hart and Greg Bluestein
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The idea reminded Laura Colbert, the director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, of the same activity requirements that were stymied by federal judges in other states.

“Those plans don’t work for the people that need coverage,” Colbert said. “If there are really 408,000 people who could qualify for coverage and in five years the majority of those people are not expected to be covered, then there’s something wrong with the plan.”

See the article for the full details

Gov. Kemp unveils Georgia version of Medicaid reform

  • by Dave Williams
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle

Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, said imposing work requirements in exchange for Medicaid coverage in other states has resulted in fewer people enrolling in the program.

See the article for the full details