A new Families USA report says 800,000 Georgians can get a tax break when they buy a health insurance plan through new health care exchanges. The amount is determined by income and the cost of the premiums.
A federal agency says Georgia, along with a dozen other states, falls short in offering consumers appeal options when they can’t get health insurance. The states must make fixes by January 1st. The national health reform law calls for a broader range of appeals options for people who can’t get coverage or payment on a claim. That means more consumers for the first time will have the right to have an independent panel review their case.
The US Health and Human Services Department will take another 30 days to decide whether Georgia can phase in a key provision of health care reform more slowly. Georgia officials wants Georgia exempt from a part of the law until 2014. The provision requires insurance firms to spend no more than 20% of individual premiums on administration and certain other costs.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says, he doubts the state would be able to opt-out of the federal health care law early. Some Georgia health care advocates agree, saying the provision was aimed at states like Vermont that already have near-universal coverage. A spokeswoman for Governor Nathan Deal, however, welcomed the flexibility and promised a plan.