Good news, bad news: Exchange enrollment up, but COVID is main factor
More than half a million Georgians are enrolled in the state’s health insurance exchange for next year, a more than 10 percent increase from 2020. The increase is partly due to many people signing up after losing their jobs and their employer-based health insurance. The insurance exchange was created by... Read more
Specter of large-scale loss of housing looms in Georgia amid pandemic
The grim statistics of COVID-19 include more than just the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. A national report says Georgia has the highest percentage in the nation of families with children concerned about losing their housing in the next month due to income loss from the pandemic. The... Read more
A troubling snapshot — from before the pandemic
A pandemic can easily skew the trajectory of health statistics. Amid this year’s long COVID-19 crisis, things may actually have improved in a couple of health categories, such as a higher number of people using telehealth services. But many categories are likely to have worsened – and some dramatically.... Read more
Justices’ remarks signal ACA may survive latest legal challenge
It’s perilous to predict a court or jury decision based on the arguments presented. But supporters of the Affordable Care Act will be heartened by the comments of two Supreme Court justices Tuesday during oral arguments on the bid by several states to overturn the 2010 law. Georgia is... Read more
Feds OK Georgia’s second waiver plan, but controversies remain
Federal officials, as expected, have approved Georgia’s waiver request to revamp the state’s health insurance market for people who don’t get job-based or government coverage. The waiver will create a “reinsurance’’ program that state officials estimate will cut insurance premiums for individual coverage by an average of 10 percent.... Read more

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