Poor adults’ health needs addressed better with Medicaid expansion, federal report says
Low-income adults in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are more likely to have unmet medical needs than the poor in states that expanded the government-run program, a federal report says. The report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Monday, based its estimates from a 2016 national survey. An... Read more
Medicaid expansion would benefit rural areas the most, report says
The potential impact from Medicaid expansion would be bigger in rural Georgia than in urban areas of the state, according to a new report released Tuesday. Medicaid expansion would benefit low-income people across the state, said the report, by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and the University... Read more
State’s uninsured rate up by a fraction, report says
Georgia’s uninsured rate ticked up slightly, to 13.4 percent, in 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week. That’s the fourth-highest rate in the nation. The state trails only Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. The uninsured rate in Georgia was 12.9 percent in 2016. Nationally, 8.8 percent of people, or 28.5... Read more
One small group gets all the funding for ACA navigators in Georgia
A small DeKalb County nonprofit has been given a statewide grant to provide navigators for people seeking to enroll in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. Navigators are people specially trained to advise and assist consumers who use the exchanges to buy health coverage. Georgia Refugee Health and Mental... Read more
Unusual but welcome: Two health insurers opt to cut exchange rates
Two of the four health insurers in the 2019 Georgia insurance exchange, in a surprising move, are set to make reductions in monthly premiums from the rates they offer this year. Such decreases in insurance rates rarely occur in health care. The overall premiums announced Thursday, as approved by the... Read more

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