The number of Georgians signing up for a health plan through the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange increased to 6,859 by the end of last month, up from 1,390 as of Nov. 2, federal officials announced Wednesday. The rise in enrollees reflects, in part, a better-functioning federal website, which has been plagued with problems since ACA enrollment began Oct. 1.
Calculating the cost to taxpayers, a new study released Thursday says Georgia could see a net loss of $2.9 billion in the year 2022 if it continues to reject Medicaid expansion. That’s because Georgia taxpayers would be paying for expansion of Medicaid in other states, while not getting anything in return, said the Commonwealth Fund study. Additional federal funds go to states that expand Medicaid.
New efforts to improve care coordination among hospitals, nursing homes and other providers are succeeding in reducing readmission rates, experts say. Georgia’s nursing homes and hospitals are collaborating more than ever to reduce readmissions, say officials with Georgia’s Quality Improvement Organization , a state-based group funded by Medicare to review medical care.
People can now enroll in health insurance on Healthcare.gov. The federal government unveiled upgrades to the site Sunday. “You don’t get these error messages that say you’ve put in your user name incorrectly. You don’t get all these messages that say, ‘Page Cannot Be Found,’” said Karla Johnson, a licensed healthcare navigator and director of community education for the consumer advocacy group Georgia Watch.
More than 100 people packed into a government meeting room Monday in Gainesville for a field hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the effects of the health care law on rural communities. Leading the hearing was Republican Rep. Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville, who said the goal was to hear of the “real-world implications'' of the law and solutions for reforming the health care system.
Sixty thousand of Georgia’s nearly 10 million residents will see the cost of their healthcare coverage increase under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a report released Thursday by the liberal healthcare consumer watchdog Families USA. Families USA says 0. 6 percent of Georgians will have their health coverage terminated because it doesn’t meet the new standards of the Affordable Care Act.
The percentage of Georgia children who are uninsured has declined, but the state still has the fourth-highest number of kids without coverage, according to a report released Wednesday. In raw numbers, Georgia has nearly 220,000 children who are uninsured, trailing only Texas, California and Florida, said the report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. All three of those states have much higher populations than Georgia.
Recent problems with the Affordable Care Act--a poorly functioning insurance exchange website and an uproar over canceled policies--have dominated headlines and reignited political debates. But Jonathan Blum has a positive message to deliver about the ACA and its effect on the Medicare program, which covers about 1.4 million Georgians.
Facing a storm of criticism about canceled policies, President Barack Obama announced an administrative change Thursday to let insurers continue offering individual plans for another year, even if they don’t meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum benefits. In Georgia, to a large extent, such a remedy is already available.