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GHF Statement on The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Decision to Uphold ACA’s Guaranteed Free Coverage of Vaccines and Preventive Services.

ATLANTA — Georgians for a Healthy Future released a statement in response to Friday’s U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Braidwood v. Becerra. The court’s decision largely preserved the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement for health insurers in Georgia and nationwide to provide coverage of certain preventive services like colorectal and breast cancer screenings, vaccinations, and mental health screenings at no cost. For now, this decision affirms that over 150 million Americans, including 4.6 million Georgians, will continue to have access to essential preventive care without out-of-pocket costs.

“We are pleased with the Court’s decision to uphold the ACA’s protections of no-cost, life saving preventive services. This ruling is a relief for Georgians who rely on these benefits to understand their risks for serious and chronic conditions, and to prevent or identify health issues early when they’re treatable and manageable,” said Georgians for a Healthy Future Executive Director Laura Colbert. “While these services appear to be safe for now, the court’s decision has left a door open for future challenges. In light of this uncertainty, GHF will continue to monitor this issue and remains committed to advocating for policies that ensure all Georgians have access to the preventive care they need to lead healthy lives.”

While this decision preserves critical preventive care access for now, it paves the way for future legal challenges that could threaten these protections.

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The Carter Center Convenes Albany and Savannah Mental Health Leaders as Part of Yearlong Campaign to Elevate Awareness of Mental Health Insurance Law

ATLANTA (Dec. 14, 2023) – The Carter Center, in partnership with Georgians for a Healthy Future and the Georgia Parity Collaborative, hosted roundtables on mental health insurance coverage Dec. 11-12 at the Gateway Community Service Board Crisis Center in Savannah and Albany State University in Albany. The roundtables aimed to gather input from diverse stakeholders to better understand the most effective ways to raise awareness about their rights to mental health care in Georgia.


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Georgia’s Pathways to Coverage Program Falls Short of Enrollment Projections

Statement From GHF’s Executive Director Laura Colbert:  

“Georgians heard promises from state leaders about a new program that would expand access to care, cover between 31,000-345,000 uninsured adults, and lower costs for families. 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, as South Dakota’s early success demonstrates.”

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Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King recognized with Powerhouse Policymaker Award alongside three other awardees by Georgians for a Healthy Future

ATLANTA – On Tuesday, September 12, Georgians for a Healthy Future (GHF) celebrated its 15th anniversary, and thus 15 years of reimagining and reshaping Georgia’s health laws.

“Georgians for a Healthy Future has always been driven by a simple yet powerful vision, a healthier and more equitable future for all Georgians,” said Deanna Burke, Chair of Georgians for a Healthy Future. “Over the past 15 years, we have worked to tirelessly transform this vision into a reality, advocating for better health care access, improved outcomes and a brighter future for our communities.”

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Amid record enrollment, ACA marketplace final enrollment deadline approaches for 2023 health coverage

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2023 is approaching this Sunday, January 15. Georgia consumers who want health coverage this year must enroll before midnight on Sunday. Consumers who miss this week’s deadline might have to wait until November 1, 2023 when the next open enrollment period begins to shop and enroll.

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ACA marketplace deadline approaches for health coverage starting January 1st

ATLANTA – An Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline for enrolling in health insurance for 2023 is

approaching this week. Georgia consumers who want their coverage to start on January 1, 2023 must

enroll by this Thursday, December 15, 2022. Consumers who miss this week’s deadline can still enroll in

health insurance through January 15, 2023, but their coverage will begin on February 1, 2023.

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