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.
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.
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.