Enrollment in Georgia's federally–run health insurance marketplace starts in less than a month. More than 316,000 Georgians have signed up for coverage during the first enrollment period back in March.
Thousands of Georgians are in danger of losing their healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act if they don't turn in citizenship or immigration documents by Friday. Final notices were sent out to nearly 21,000 Georgians. Only Florida and Texas have a higher number of outstanding cases. The program is administered in Georgia by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Renard Murray is the agency's regional director.
"Georgia was maybe about second or third in the nation in terms of the number of people that enrolled in the health insurance marketplace. So we're excited about that. But, of course, because that number is high, of course proportionally you have more people who may have inconsistencies with their documents.
Georgia insurers received more than 220,000 applications for health coverage in the Affordable Care Act’s exchange as of the official federal deadline of March 31, state officials said Wednesday. Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, though, said premiums have been received for only 107,581 of those policies, which cover 149,465 people.
The final enrollment day for the ACA insurance exchange was marred by computer glitches. The problem was a frustrating reminder of the much worse technical problems that plagued the website for weeks after it debuted in early October and November.
State insurance officials said Wednesday that 177,668 Georgians have completed applications for coverage in the health exchange as of March 15. That number, reported by health insurers in the state, reflects a recent surge in enrollees from the latest figures released by the federal government.
The pace of business at the State Capitol has quickened, and that’s especially true for certain types of business. Lawmakers looking to push controversial measures are grafting parts of their bills onto other pieces of legislation that are fairly vanilla. Thursday afternoon, the House was about to vote on a bill to expand services to Alzheimer’s patients. Then all of a sudden, the Majority Whip, Atlanta Republican Rep. Ed Lindsey, arrived with an amendment that would block state agencies from carrying out any of the mandates of the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act is complex and controversial. People who are trying to raise awareness about it are in an uphill battle. The problems for healthcare navigators began early, with the bungled October 2013 debut of healthcare.gov, the federal exchange website. At the same time, a controversy over policy cancellations led to a nationwide wave of bad publicity about the ACA. And in Georgia, members of the Republican-led political establishment have remained firmly opposed to the ACA.
More than 38,000 Georgians signed up for coverage in the health insurance exchange in February, according to a federal report released Tuesday. That is slightly down from the number that enrolled the previous month. The Georgia enrollment dip last month was part of a national decline from the previous month, the report showed.