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.
Although President Barack Obama recently signed a law to roll back some rate increases meant to shore up the troubled National Flood Insurance Program, thousands of Georgia homeowners can count on paying increasing flood insurance premiums each year--though perhaps less than they originally feared.
Georgia health care had more than its share of drama and surprises in 2013. Some of the big stories were linked to the Affordable Care Act. This far-reaching federal law, passed in early 2010, was still generating changes and attracting controversy as if it were brand new. But the ACA wasn’t the only hot topic in Georgia health. Issues ranged from drug scares to complex policy disputes and funding battles.
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.
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says as many as 400,000 Georgians who buy their own insurance could receive cancellations notices or have their plans modified as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Hudgens' spokesman Glenn Allen said Wednesday the figures are based on internal estimates.
Georgia’s federally-run online health exchange is scheduled to open at 12:01 Tuesday morning, but the state’s 2 million uninsured might need to wait for enrollment assistance. According to Gary Allen, a media relations representative for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, only four “healthcare navigators” have been licensed in the state.
Dozens of supporters of the Affordable Care Act rallied outside the office of Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens Thursday. Democratic state lawmakers and members from organizations like Georgia’s AFL-CIO and Protect Your Care said they were disappointed by Hudgens’s recent remarks about the ACA, commonly called ObamaCare.
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.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says some insurance companies have filed plans to increase insurance rates in Georgia by nearly 200 percent for certain people under the Affordable Care Act. Hudgens says he sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday asking for an emergency 30-day delay of submission of his rate review so the department and federal officials can analyze the projected increases.
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says a storm that hit Georgia June 13 caused an estimated $50 million in insured losses. Hudgens said Monday that the figure could rise once all the claims associated with the storm are settled. The storm caused two EF1 tornadoes in Cherokee and Cobb counties and knocked out power to thousands.