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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.

2020

Health insurance exchange numbers up in Georgia; pandemic is major cause

  • by Andy Miller
  • Albany Herald
“Georgians had more insurers to choose from this year, the cost of health plans rose by less than inflation, and the ACA’s financial help lowered costs for most Georgians,’’ Laura Colbert of the consumer group Georgians for a Healthy Future, said. “These factors likely made marketplace coverage more attractive to Georgia consumers, so they enrolled in higher numbers.”
Colbert criticized Gov. Brian Kemp, who pushed for the Georgia waiver, and his plan for new type of exchange.
“The continuing growth and resilience of Georgia’s marketplace tells a much different story than Gov. Kemp has led people to believe as he seeks to separate Georgia from healthcare.gov,’’ she said. “It is clear that Georgia consumers appreciate the marketplace and would be harmed by its elimination.”
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State wants health insurers to stop clogging hospital space

  • by Johnny Edwards
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In a non-emergency such as a discharge to post-acute care, it hasn’t been established how hospitals must disclose any out-of-network costs to patients ahead of time, said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

She fears some patients won’t be fully protected with the insurance commissioner’s directive if they’re moved out of network.

“Is it just a piece of paper in a full stack of papers that you sign when you’re filling out all the intake forms?” she said. “Or is it what we would like to see, you only see this paper as a standalone piece if you are being referred out of network at that time, and with a very clear cost estimate that is line by line?”

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Georgia Reports Much Less Medicaid Data To The Feds Than It Used To

  • by Rebecca Grapevine
  • GPB

“If there are quality metrics that aren’t being met and we as the public can look and see where Georgia is falling short, we can hold our state decision-makers accountable,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“The greater the state reports, the better,” she said.

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Georgia reports much less Medicaid data to the feds than it used to

  • by Rebecca Grapevine
  • Georgia Health News

“If there are quality metrics that aren’t being met and we as the public can look and see where Georgia is falling short, we can hold our state decision-makers accountable,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Georgians for a Healthy Future.

“The greater the state reports, the better,” she said.

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Georgia medical board rarely disciplines doctors, audit confirms

  • by Johnny Edwards & Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“In a state like Georgia, where our health care system is really insufficient and not meeting the needs of the population already, this just further breaks down what should be a very close relationship between individuals and communities and their health care system,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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Opinion: Medicaid expansion would still benefit Ga.

  • by Jack Bernard
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Georgia’s leaders continue to ignore the most cost-effective, evidence-based, equitable, and practical steps to addressing our health care problems.”

Laura Colbert, executive director, Georgians for a Healthy Future.

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Ossoff says health care is on ballot as Supreme Court weighs Obamacare

  • by Jill Nolin
  • Georgia Recorder

“Every Georgian, whether they know it or not, benefits from the standards and protections that have been put in place by the Affordable Care Act,” Laura Colbert, executive director of the nonpartisan Georgians for a Healthy Future, said at Tuesday’s press conference. “If the Supreme Court were to strike down the ACA, the consequences would be felt personally and deeply by Georgia households across the state.

“The collapse of the Affordable Care Act, if the lawsuit leads to that, would be disproportionately felt by Georgians of color and rural Georgians,” she added. “These Georgians are already shouldering the heaviest burdens of the pandemic and faced unfair barriers to care even before the pandemic began.”

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Federal approval of Kemp ACA waiver contains last-minute surprises

  • by Ariel Hart
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Laura Colbert, president of Georgians for a Healthy Future, which supports the ACA, said the changes will move resources to help those who make more money.

“The governor’s plan pits affordability for middle- and high-income consumers against access and comprehensive coverage for lower and moderate-income Georgians,” Colbert said in a statement.

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Opinion: Medicaid waiver plan inadequate to Ga.’s needs

  • by Sally Harrell
  • Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The governor’s healthcare waiver bans Georgians from using the HealthCare.gov website to shop for ACA health coverage plans. Georgians will instead be required to visit numerous private broker websites to compare their offerings, some of which could include junk plans that offer substantially less coverage to unsuspecting shoppers than ACA plans. Kemp called HealthCare.gov “simply awful,” yet according to Laura Colbert, Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, people shopping for ACA plans can already buy directly from insurance companies, yet 80% choose to use the government portal instead. Gov. Kemp also failed to mention that the Trump Administration has continuously cut marketing and education budgets for HealthCare.gov, intentionally making it harder for Georgians to sign up for ACA plans.

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Critics: Georgia health-insurance reforms a ‘missed opportunity’

  • by By Dave Williams, Capitol Beat News Service
  • Savannah Morning News

’This is a huge missed opportunity,” said Laura Colbert, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future. “We’re missing the most cost-effective way to solve this problem.”

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