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

Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians

  • by Andy Miller
  • Savannah Morning News

Reinsurance, as some states have sought, would provide stability for the exchange premiums, said Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future. But other 1332 waiver ideas, such as to promote ″junk insurance″ plans [those with very limited benefits], could create “seismic and detrimental changes,″ Colbert said.

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Health care waiver bill passes out of committee. Here’s what it could mean for your family

  • by Andy Miller
  • The Georgia Sun

Reinsurance, as some states have sought, would provide stability for the exchange premiums, said Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future. But other 1332 waiver ideas, such as to promote ‘‘junk insurance’’ plans [those with very limited benefits], could create “seismic and detrimental changes,’’ Colbert said.

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Georgia Senate committee approves Medicaid waiver proposal

  • by Sanya Mansoor / The Associated Press
  • Athens Banner-Herald

Under the federal health law, every dollar Georgia spent on Medicaid coverage expansion would be matched by $9. But that’s only if the expansion includes individuals who fall under 138 percent of the poverty line, said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a nonprofit consumer health advocacy group.

Colbert also said the measure grants broad authority to the governor and department of insurance.

“This lack of boundaries included in the bill allows for waiver proposals that could create seismic and detrimental change that harm consumers and destabilize the market,” Colbert said.

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Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians

  • by Curt Yeomans
  • Gwinnett Daily Post

Reinsurance, as some states have sought, would provide stability for the exchange premiums, said Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future. But other 1332 waiver ideas, such as to promote ‘‘junk insurance’’ plans [those with very limited benefits], could create “seismic and detrimental changes,’’ Colbert said.

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Lawmakers, Advocates Skeptical Of Kemp’s Medicaid Waiver Plan

  • by Sam Whitehead
  • WABE

Laura Colbert, with patient advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, also worries that the Kemp administration’s waiver plan likely won’t go far enough.

“Many of the Georgians who are excluded in this proposal will likely remain uninsured and continue to struggle to get the health coverage and care they need,” she said in a statement.

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What’s in the funding deal for health care

  • by Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan
  • Politico Pulse

GEORGIA GOVERNOR BACKS PARTIAL MEDICAID EXPANSION

“Many of the Georgians who are excluded in this proposal will likely remain uninsured and continue to struggle to get the health coverage and care they need,” Georgians for a Healthy Future said in a statement.

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Kemp to seek Medicaid, Obamacare waivers for Georgia

  • by Greg Bluestein Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Health care advocates expressed cautious optimism. Laura Colbert, the executive director of the patient advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said she worries that a waiver could include work requirements, but that it was “exciting” to see movement.

“Georgia consumers have been waiting for the last seven years for our leaders to make the decision about whether or not they have a pathway to coverage,” she said.

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What Is Certificate Of Need? Explaining A Likely Health Care Fight At The Gold Dome

  • by Sam Whitehead
  • WABE

It’s a fight Laura Colbert will be watching closely. She heads patient-advocacy group Georgians For A Healthy Future and hopes what’s best for health care consumers doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.

“I don’t know that patients are a central part of the decision making right now, and frankly, haven’t been a central part of the debate so far,” Colbert said.

“CON is interconnected with other debates around health care at the Capitol and that the success of one may improve or tank the chances for another,” she said.

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Momentum builds to seek waiver to cover more Georgians under Medicaid

  • by Greg Bluestein Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Laura Colbert, who leads Georgians for a Healthy Future, has long advocated for full-on Medicaid expansion. She said she was cautiously optimistic. However, she said, “I am pleased that Georgia’s decision-makers are taking steps forward to ensure low-income Georgians have health insurance coverage.”

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Democrat Trammell says fiscal analysis proves case for Medicaid expansion

  • by Andy Miller
  • Gwinnett Daily Post

The new state estimate “is lower than the previous estimate and underlines the affordability of expansion for the state,’’ Laura Colbert of the advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future told GHN.

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