Georgia’s Top 10 health care stories in 2017
1.      The Affordable Care Act rode a political roller coaster. The law also known as Obamacare survived multiple attempts to repeal it in Congress. But it did not come out unscathed. The White House cut marketing and enrollment time in the ACA exchanges, and halted cost-sharing payments to health insurers selling... Read more
Stunning increase in enrollment for Georgia’s insurance exchange
Georgia’s insurance exchange showed an astonishing surge in the last scheduled week of Open Enrollment, roughly doubling the total enrolled to 482,904. That’s very close to the 493,880 in Georgia who signed up for coverage for the current year. Nationally, the enrollment figures in the 39 states (including Georgia)... Read more
Major pillar of ACA receives death blow from lawmakers
Congressional attempts to “repeal and replace’’ the Affordable Care Act met with failure after failure this year. But early Wednesday, Senate Republicans passed a bill that would abolish a central tenet of the ACA: the individual mandate for Americans to have health coverage or face a tax penalty. The mandate... Read more
39th and 41st: More subpar health rankings for Georgia
Georgia remained at 41st in a national ranking of the healthiest states compiled by the United Health Foundation. Placing in the 40s is a typical ranking for the Peach State on health measures. Other Southern states did equally poorly. In America’s Health Rankings, released last week, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah... Read more
Exchange enrollment in state likely to fall short of previous total
Georgia’s ACA exchange enrollment for 2018 may fall far short of the current year’s totals, new federal figures show. Through last week, 246,270 have signed up for coverage in the state exchange. This is the last week for sign-ups. There’s typically high enrollment activity in the final week of... Read more

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