The financial arithmetic from the Affordable Care Act could inadvertently undermine the safety net in Georgia, the CEO of Grady Health System said Tuesday. Grady’s chief executive, John Haupert, pointed to the health reform law’s removal of federal funding that hospitals receive for treating a large share of low-income patients.
For Harold Weber, an Athens resident who worked in the health insurance industry for 30 years, the most important aspect of the Affordable Care Act is its approach. Weber watched the rise and fall of HMO plans in the 1990s and believes the ACA will finally succeed where others failed. That’s why he applied to be one of Georgia’s 100 ACA health care navigators.
Two weeks into enrollment for the health insurance exchange, the number of Georgians who have signed up for the new coverage remains a mystery. Technical problems have continued to block and frustrate consumers trying to enroll online on healthcare.gov. That’s the government portal, created by the Affordable Care Act, that offers coverage for people who are uninsured or have individual health policies. It took until Wednesday, in fact, before community health centers in Georgia were finally able to get their first consumer signed up for coverage via the website.
The state agency in charge of health care for more than 2 million Georgians continued its administrative shake-up with the announcement Monday of a new head of the state employee health plan. The employee plan has been at the center of controversy in recent months.
We now have a sense of what people in Georgia will pay for health insurance through the new healthcare exchange run by federal government. Officials released the prices on Tuesday. Georgia is divided into 16 insurance regions, and the premiums differ quite a bit.
The uninsured and young people are the most likely to support the Affordable Care Act and its provisions, a new poll of Georgians finds. Yet these groups are the least likely to be familiar with the fact that the ACA is still the law of land, and hasn’t been repealed by Congress or struck down by the courts, according to the poll, released Monday by Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
About 100 people in Georgia are preparing this week for October 1 and the opening of a new health insurance exchange. These workers will help eligible Georgians navigate the online marketplace and figure out what coverage they need and how much help they can expect from the government to pay for it.
In an unexpected move, a state agency’s board has rejected a proposal to offer an HMO option to state employees in seven metro Atlanta counties. The 6-3 vote Thursday by the Department of Community Health board reflected opposition to offering a choice of health plans in metro Atlanta but not in other areas of the state.
Georgia health officials have decided to ban coverage of abortions in nearly all instances for those enrolled in the state employee health insurance plan. Thursday's decision by the board of the Department of Community Health means the policy will bypass state lawmakers who didn't take action on similar legislation earlier this year.
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says he has accepted the insurance rate filings for Georgia's health care exchange after asking for a deadline extension from the Department of Health and Human Services. Hudgens said Thursday that he asked for a 30-day extension to the July 31 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act rate filing deadline, and did not receive a response from federal officials.