Timothy Sweeney

Missed Opportunity to Extend Health Care to More Georgians

Posted April 2, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

Georgia is home to the fifth most residents without health coverage of any state according to 2013 data, the latest available. Despite this poor ranking, Georgia’s leaders continue to refuse new federal funding to close Georgia’s coverage gap. Accepting this money could extend health coverage to as many as 500,000… [Read more]

Lawmakers Can Use Legislative Offseason to Get Serious About Health Care

Posted April 1, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Education reform? Check. More revenue for transportation maintenance? Check. What’s missing here?
Ahhh, Georgia’s ailing health care system didn’t get much attention from state lawmakers as they wound down the 2015 session this week. Kudos to House and Senate leaders who compromised on a transportation plan.  We can all agree

Georgia Falls to Second Worst Uninsured Rate in U.S.

Posted March 3, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

Georgia fell further behind nearly all other states in ensuring access to health coverage for its residents in 2014, according to a new Gallup Health-Ways Well-Being Index report… [Read more]. Georgia ranked sixth in the 2013 Gallup survey.
More than 19 percent of adults in Georgia went without health insurance in

Tossing More Than 20,000 Georgians off State Health Plan a Bad Remedy

Posted February 24, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Tossing non-certified school district workers who work less than 30 hours per week off the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) could unnecessarily push more Georgians into the insurance coverage gap.  
Gov. Nathan Deal’s proposal to remove more than 11,500 part time school district employees and 10,300 of their dependents from

Health Plan Financial Challenges Remain if State Ends Coverage for Part-Time School Workers and Their Dependents

Posted February 24, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

Georgia’s governor proposes in the 2016 fiscal year to eliminate State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) coverage for bus drivers, school nutrition workers and other “non-certified” school district employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week. This move could take insurance away from more than 21,000 people while leaving the… [Read more]

Georgia’s Planned 2016 Health Spending – Modest Changes, Big Challenges

Posted February 12, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]The proposed 2016 state budget directs $3.6 billion from the general fund to Georgia’s three health care focused agencies, the departments of community health, public health, and behavioral health and developmental disabilities. The total reaches $4.2 billion when you add in provider fees levied on hospitals and nursing homes in

Overview: 2016 Fiscal Year for Department of Community Health

Posted February 10, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

The governor’s proposed 2016 budget directs $2.45 billion to the Department of Community Health, not including money for agencies attached for administrative purposes. That is a $27.8 million decline from the 2015 budget approved last spring. The department operates nine programs, although more than 96 percent of general fund spending,… [Read more]

Cover Georgia Day a Reminder State is Missing Out

Posted January 26, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]States across the country are taking advantage of new federal funding to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, while boosting investment in health care systems. Many states are saving millions of dollars in their own budgets, thanks to new federal money. At the same time they are making

Medicaid Expansion a Shot in the Arm for Coastal Georgia

Posted September 8, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

About 50,000 uninsured Georgians in the 10-county Coastal Georgia region could get guaranteed health coverage if Georgia accepts new federal money to expand Medicaid eligibility. That is about half the area residents between 18 and 64 without health coverage in 2012, the last year of available data. It’s the third… [Read more]

New Report: Georgia’s Medicaid Opposition to Cost $34 Billion

Posted August 14, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Georgia’s refusal to expand Medicaid to cover more than 500,000 uninsured people will cost the state’s health care system about $34 billion in federal money over the next decade, according to a new report by two well-respected research organizations.
Georgia’s hospitals alone will lose out on almost $13 billion. That