Timothy Sweeney

School District Employees Deserve Break from Rising Insurance Premiums

Posted July 10, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Just before the close of the 2015 fiscal year at the end of June, the state released a 24-page report examining the costs of Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan. That is the health insurance plan for state employees, teachers, and other school district employees. The report is a requirement built… [Read more]

Supreme Court Ruling Frees Georgia to Turn Attention to Closing Coverage Gap

Posted June 25, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Today the U.S. Supreme Court again upheld a key component of the Affordable Care Act against a politically-driven effort to dismantle the law through the court system. The ruling issued in King v. Burwell protects tax credits in states such as Georgia that chose to use the federal marketplace… [Read more]

North Carolina Mayor Makes Long Trek to Save Rural Hospitals

Posted June 4, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Walk for Rural Health Care By Ann Hedges and Tim Sweeney On Monday, Belhaven, N.C. Mayor Adam O’Neal started a 283-mile walk to our nation’s capital to advocate for a way to reopen his community’s hospital. This is his second long trek to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the… [Read more]

Georgia’s Medicaid “Experiment” a Tepid Response to Coverage Gap

Posted May 15, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
State leaders at the Department of Community Health are reportedly working with a few Georgia hospitals to take advantage of language in the recently signed 2016 Georgia budget that allows the agency to seek a federal Medicaid waiver. The language included in the 2016 budget that authorizes the department to… [Read more]

Mixed Bag for Georgians’ Health Care in 2015 Legislature

Posted April 27, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Georgia lawmakers left town earlier this month after producing a 2016 state spending plan that invests no more money overall for health care than the state did last year. Georgia ranks near the bottom of all states for health care investment and the consequences include hundreds of thousands of uninsured… [Read more]

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
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… [Read more]

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. Georgia ranked sixth in the 2013 Gallup survey. More than 19 percent of adults in Georgia went without health insurance in… [Read more]

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

Posted February 24, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
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… [Read more]

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]