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Timothy Sweeney

New State Health Budget Traps 300K Georgians in Coverage Gap

Posted February 2, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The proposed 2017 budget for the Department of Community Health directs $2.5 billion from the state general fund to operate Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs, which are expected to cover more than 2 million Georgians next year. The budget adds money to pay for new enrollees and higher health care… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Budget for Department of Community Health

Posted February 2, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 directs $2.59 billion from the general fund to the Department of Community Health, excluding money for attached agencies. This is an increase of $157 million, or 6.5 percent, compared to the 2016 budget, though $46.5 million of that… [Read more]

Overview of Georgia’s 2017 Fiscal Year Budget

Posted January 20, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
The $23.7 billion state budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal for the 2017 fiscal year represents a high water mark for state spending in a single year. The governor proposes a $1.9 billion increase in total state spending compared to the 2016 budget, but only returns overall state spending to… [Read more]

Record State Budget Still Reflects Austere Approach

Posted January 20, 2016 by Timothy Sweeney
You’ve no doubt heard reports that the $23.7 billion state budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 represents a high water mark for state spending in a single year. It’s true that a healthier economy, population growth in Georgia and the willingness… [Read more]

Struggling Health Care System Just Part of What Ails Rural Georgia

Posted November 20, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Georgia is burdened with a host of health challenges across the state, from an uninsured rate that ranks among the highest in the nation to its lack of health care providers. This figures to be exacerbated by a financial crisis at the rural hospital in Fort Oglethorpe this month. Many… [Read more]

Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It

Posted September 23, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Georgians for a Healthy Future today announce the joint release of  “Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It.” In this three-part booklet you will find infographics, new data and compelling charts that simplify the complex issue of Medicaid in Georgia.… [Read more]

Georgia’s Need to Close Coverage Gap Flagged by New Census Report

Posted September 23, 2015 by Timothy Sweeney
Nearly 300,000 fewer Georgians went without health insurance in 2014 compared to 2013, a decline of about 15 percent, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau data. This improvement is no doubt good news for these newly insured Georgians. Many of them enrolled in health insurance plans thanks to new… [Read more]

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 healthcare.gov 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]