health care

Health & Science
10:08 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Medicaid Enrollment Surges, Stirs Worry About State Budgets

More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections.

Those numbers raise concerns that the added costs will strain state budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.

Some lawmakers warn that the price of expanding the health care program for poor and lower-income Americans could mean less money available for other state services, including education.

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6:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Ga. House, Senate Leaders Reach Compromise On Autism Bill

From left, Rep. Richard Smith, R-Columbus, and Sen. Charlie Bethel, R-Dalton, announce an autism compromise.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

For years, the Georgia House and Senate have been at odds over insurance coverage for autism. But now, they’ve reached a compromise.

Leaders in both chambers say a Senate plan, which requires insurers to provide treatment coverage for children six years old and younger, will be combined with another House insurance bill today.

The compromise would lower the cap on treatment coverage to $30,000. The bill also says the insurance requirement would go away if the state adopts a more comprehensive approach.

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5:47 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Health Care Exchange Enrollment Numbers Grow in Georgia

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves speaks positively about the new enrollment numbers along with other county officials, federal officials and local groups who worked to educate and enroll Georgians in the exchange.
Credit Michelle Wirth / WABE

The number of Georgians who have signed up for a federal healthcare exchange that’s part of the Affordable Care Act has grown. Representatives of federal agencies, Fulton County officials, and local groups celebrated the new enrollment numbers on Friday.

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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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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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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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