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Timothy Sweeney

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

Georgia Health Coverage Rate Trails 47 States

Posted August 8, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

Adults in Georgia are more likely to go without health coverage than people in all but two other states, according to a new Gallup survey… [Read more]. Georgia’s adult uninsured rate of 20.2 percent is worse than only Texas’ 24 percent and Mississippi’s 20.6 percent and clocks in nearly 7 points

Uninsured Rates Fall in States Expanding Medicaid

Posted July 25, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]States that take advantage of new federal money available to extend Medicaid coverage to more residents are seeing substantial declines in uninsured rates this year. It makes sense. Greater Medicaid eligibility increases health coverage, and updated numbers from 2014 provide yet more compelling evidence that Georgia’s failure to expand Medicaid

Close Georgia’s Coverage Gap to Stabilize State’s Hospitals

Posted July 10, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

States that expanded Medicaid eligibility to close their state’s coverage gap experienced substantial and nearly immediate reductions in charity care cases due to greater Medicaid payments. Those are the findings of a new report by the Colorado Hospital Association… [Read more], adding new support for the case to increase health coverage

Georgia’s Rural Health System Needs Comprehensive Exam

Posted June 6, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Georgia’s recently appointed Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee will convene Monday, June 9 for the first time and it should seize the opportunity to fix a health care access problem that cries out for a comprehensive solution.
Hospitals are closing in rural Georgia at an alarming rate, including Charlton Memorial, the

Medicaid Expansion Still Georgia’s Best Way to Bridge Coverage Gap

Posted May 12, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]As published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 11, 2014
A quick scan of recent headlines could leave you with the impression two state laws approved this year all but end any conversation about Medicaid expansion in Georgia. Fortunately that isn’t the case, for the sake of more than 500,000

Newspaper Series Shines Light on What Georgia Loses Without Medicaid Expansion

Posted April 17, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Misty Williams just got a well-deserved laurel from the Columbia Journalism Review for her exemplary two-part series that clearly explains the tremendous downside to Georgia’s choice not to expand Medicaid.
The second installment… [Read more] of the series last Sunday took a detailed look at the policy choice Georgia

Legacy of 2014 Legislature was to Make Georgia’s Faulty Health Care Policy Worse

Posted April 4, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]Georgia is home to more residents without health insurance coverage than all but four states. Still, state lawmakers used the 2014 to focus on ways to make it more difficult for Georgians to access benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   Georgia is left with its most pressing health care

Medicaid Expansion Delivers Soaring Premium Tax Revenue From Increased Federal Funding

Posted March 7, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

Amidst the debate in the Georgia House over House Bill 990… [Read more] this week, a representative questioned if new Medicaid expansion-related revenue from Georgia’s insurance premium tax can accurately be projected to offset the cost of enrolling more low-income people.
I would like to tackle that question in this blog. This