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Timothy Sweeney

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

Fact Check: Georgia Gets Money’s Worth from Medicaid

Posted February 26, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

[Read more]It’s frustrating to hear the cost-effectiveness of Georgia’s existing Medicaid program bashed as opponents of eligibility expansion stretch for reasons to justify legislation rushing through the General Assembly this year.
Georgia gets a great value from its investment in Medicaid and PeachCare. The two programs will combine to provide health

Medicaid Expansion Opposition Enters Absurd Territory

Posted February 25, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

Georgia’s House Judiciary Committee this week gave approval to a puzzling one-two punch of legislation aimed at distancing the state from expanding Medicaid eligibility. House Bill 990… [Read more] seems straight forward enough. It attempts to require the General Assembly to give approval before the governor could expand income eligibility thresholds for

Roadblock to Medicaid Expansion a Threat to Middle Georgia

Posted February 24, 2014 by Timothy Sweeney

As published in the Macon Telegraph on February 23, 2014.… [Read more]
What would you think about a new state law that threatens to cost the 11-county Middle Georgia region 3,300 jobs and about $1.8 billion in federal funding over 10 years?
What if at the same time, the Medical Center of