Study projects expansion’s big impact on Georgia uninsured
Up to 5 million more Americans would have health insurance coverage if the 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid were to do so in 2017, a new study says. Among those states, Georgia would see the third-largest drop in uninsured people under Medicaid expansion, a figure of 509,000,... Read more
Ga. health care markets show improvements, but also big gaps
Seven Georgia urban markets saw general improvement in their health care systems from 2011 through 2014, according to a new national study released Thursday. But each of the seven metropolitan areas was ranked in the bottom half of the 306 U.S. communities evaluated in the Commonwealth Fund’s health system... Read more
Medicaid expansion: Much debated but still not studied in Georgia
With a troubled state budget, Louisiana is banking on an extra $184 million in savings. That’s the amount that Louisiana officials have projected the state would save by expanding its Medicaid program to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. The $184 million would offset some of Louisiana’s huge... Read more
Commentary: The economic case for Medicaid expansion
A week ago, state Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) wrote a GHN Commentary on Medicaid expansion, attacking the specifics of one proposed model while reiterating his party’s longtime objections to expansion of any kind in Georgia. Republican opposition to expansion may have recently frayed a bit, as Spencer himself noted,... Read more
Task force aims to reshape Georgia stance on health coverage
A Georgia health care task force is putting the final touches on widely anticipated recommendations for the state to increase access to medical services for the uninsured. Those options will be “markedly different’’ from conventional Medicaid expansion as enacted by numerous states under the Affordable Care Act, said Brian... Read more

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