health care

Health & Science
10:01 am
Fri April 18, 2014

220,000 Georgians Sign up for Health Insurance Exchange

Fulton County residents listen to a presentation on the Affordable Care Act given by Enroll America last October.
Credit Michelle Wirth/WABE News

The state says more than 220,000 Georgians have signed up for insurance coverage under a federal health exchange that’s part of the Affordable Care Act.

The numbers were gathered from insurance companies participating in the exchange. State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says of the more than 220,000 Georgians who applied a little less than half have paid for policies and most are receiving a federal subsidy. Hudgens is an opponent of the law. He says Georgia’s numbers lead him to believe national enrollment numbers are inflated.

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Health & Science
8:39 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Approaching the Enrollment Deadline: What Georgians Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Dr. John Lumpkin
Credit Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In case you haven't heard, March 31, 2014, is the deadline to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  Those who don't may face a penalty of $95 or one percent of their taxable income -- whichever is greater.  

Recently, Dr. John Lumpkin, Senior Vice-President with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -- the nation's largest philanthropy devoted to public health -- spoke with WABE's Steve Goss.

   

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Politics
10:35 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Teachers Protest New Healthcare Plan

Lisa George/WABE

Teachers rallied at the State Capitol Tuesday to protest their new healthcare plan.

  The group calls itself “TRAGIC”: Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia Insurance Choices.

Though only about 100 turned out Tuesday, TRAGIC’s leadership says it has some 14,000 members, all opposed to the plan that went into effect at the beginning of this year.

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Local
5:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Board Could Approve Adjustments for State Health Benefit Plan

Credit Ga. Dept. of Community Health

Georgia Department of Community Health board members could adjust the state health benefit plan during a teleconference scheduled for Monday morning. The plan is the sole topic listed for the phone meeting.  

If the board amends the new plan, which began Jan. 1, it would come after teachers and other state employees complained. One of the concerns expressed by state employees is that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is the sole provider. That was the subject of a state Senate debate Friday.

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