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Georgia Legislature Passes Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills

ATLANTA, GA–Statement by Laura Colbert, Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future and Berneta Haynes, Senior Director of Policy and Access for Georgia Watch regarding the unanimous approval of House Bill 888, legislation which brings Georgia one step away from ending burdensome surprise medical bills.

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Court ruling in health care repeal lawsuit endangers Georgia consumers

Atlanta, Georgia – Statement by Laura Colbert, Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, regarding today’s ruling by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the Texas v. U.S lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Georgia is a plaintiff in the case.

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New Evidence that Consumers Don’t Understand that “Short-Term” Health Plans Lack Protections and Benefits, as Enrollment Rises

ORLANDO, FL – A new report from Kleimann Communication Group shows that consumers face significant challenges in understanding short-term plan coverage benefits and limitations. This lack of understanding—especially when coupled with insurers’ aggressive marketing of short-term plans—raises concerns that some consumers are inadvertently enrolling in short-term plans when doing so may not be appropriate for their health needs or financial situation.

 

 

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Passage of Patients First Act offers no guarantees to Georgia’s uninsured

ATLANTA, GA–Statement by Laura Colbert, Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, regarding the passage of SB 106, legislation allowing Georgia’s Governor to seek an 1115 waiver and a 1332 waiver.

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Patients First Act falls short on closing Georgia’s coverage gap

ATLANTA, GA–Statement by Laura Colbert, Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, regarding SB 106, legislation allowing Georgia’s Governor to seek an 1115 waiver and a 1332 waiver.

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New report finds Medicaid expansion is especially important for Georgia’s rural residents

ATLANTA, GA–State decisions to expand Medicaid have paid off for residents of small towns and rural areas, according to a new report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and University of North Carolina’s NC Rural Health Project. Residents of Georgia’s small towns and rural areas have the most to gain if the state were to expand Medicaid.

 

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