Georgia is 36th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® from the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Georgia, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Georgia started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Georgia's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Health care reform in Georgia — How the State of Georgia will implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Georgia Insurance Commissoner — The Georgia Department of Insurance is responsible for regulating all types of insurance sold in the Georgia – including health insurance policies.
Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) — The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) was created in 1999 to serve as the lead agency for health care planning and purchasing issues in Georgia.
PeachCare for Kids — A Children’s Health Insurance Program to expand coverage to children in low income families. It is not a Medicaid plan. The plan will pay for preventive services and acute medical care, as well as vision and dental care.
Health Care Reform for State of Georgia — Designed to provide information on the State of Georgia’s effort to understand the impacts of the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as federal health reform legislation.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Georgia.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Georgia -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Georgia.
Why health care reform is important to Georgia -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Georgia.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Georgia -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Georgia.
Georgia mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Georgia -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $134 per family in 2012.
08/17/2012 4:08 PM
While the Affordable Care Act makes his fellow Republicans hot under the collar, the promise of an additional $36 million in federal Medicaid dollars may make Gov. Nathan Deal an offer he can’t refuse. This despite the fact that Deal postponed his resignation from Congress (to run for Governor) to make sure he was there to vote against reform.
A University of Georgia economist says the boost to the state’s economy would be double that while also providing 650,000 low income people with medical coverage. That’s a 16:1 impact from federal dollars vs. the money the state would be required to pitch in, making it nearly a no-brainer.
07/13/2012 9:07 PM
Atlanta Business Chronicle – The uncertainty created by the June 28 court decision upholding the reform law President Barack Obama pushed through Congress two years ago makes this the wrong time for a “wholesale redesign” of Georgia Medicaid, state Commissioner of Community Health David Cook said.
01/13/2012 12:01 AM
Georgia Health News — Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican lawmakers have agreed not to consider legislation to authorize a state health insurance exchange. Unless a special session is called, there will be no opportunity to pass legislation before the exchanges are operational in 2014.
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