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Centene adds members through Medicaid and commercial plans

LIfeHealthPro — Centene previously focused on government health plans like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It ventured into the commercial market through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, selling qualified health plans (QHP) in seven states. Centene gained about 140,000 members, with about 70 percent enrolling in Medicaid and 30 percent through QHPs.

April 23, 2014

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Georgia passes two more ACA protest bills

MSNBC — Georgia legislators voted to give themselves approval authority over Medicaid expansion, which effectively means up to 650,000 low-income residents will go without health insurance. Another bill passed prohibits the state from implementing a state-run marketplace and forbids state employees from advocating for Medicaid expansion.

March 21, 2014

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Georgia marketplace enrollment tops 100,000

Savanah Morning News — Nearly 101,300 Georgians signed up for private health insurance through the federal marketplace between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31. Open enrollment continues through the end of March.

February 13, 2014

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Georgia governor not budging on Medicaid expansion

Georgia Health News — Gov. Nathan Deal used his State of the State address to again criticize the Affordable Care Act and restate his opposition to expanding Medicaid in Georgia. By not expanding Medicaid, the state is leaving 400,000 low-income residents in a coverage gap.

January 16, 2014

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Georgia insurance companies, navigators say HealthCare.gov working for consumers

Georgia Health News — Georgians shopping for health insurance on the federal marketplace are a much smoother experience since fixes went into effect. Nearly 7,000 Georgians have selected a health plan, and many more have applications in process according to the latest federal report.

December 12, 2013

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Kaiser study: More 650,000 Georgians qualify for health insurance subsidies

Georgia Health News — Georgia ranks seventh in the nation for the number of people who qualify for subsidies to offset the cost of purchasing health insurance through the marketplace. About 654,000 state residents are eligible for subsidies.

November 6, 2013

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GA consumers challenged by website issues, lack of navigators

Georgia Health News — Ongoing technical problems with the federal website, HealthCare.gov, and the low number of navigators approved to help consumers are making it hard for Georgians to purchase health insurance. Just 40 navigators are currently approved to help the state’s 1.7 million uninsured people.

October 18, 2013

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Opinion: Gov. Deal working to make Obamacare fail in Georgia

Bloomberg — A doctor details how Deal and Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens are actively working against the implementation of the Affordable Care Act — at the expense of the Georgians.

September 13, 2013

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GA insurance commissioner cites extreme example of health insurance cost hikes

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens admitted he cited an extreme outlier in his request to delay approving insurers’ proposed rates for the new marketplace. Outside actuaries found the rates proposed by six of seven companies to be justified and appropriate.

July 30, 2013

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