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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

State Closes Fiscal Year with Sluggish 2014 Revenues

Posted August 14, 2014 by Alan Essig

[Read more]Georgia’s revenues grew 4.8 percent for the 2014 fiscal year that ended June 30.
Such growth is well below the 8.2 percent average of the 13 non-recession years between 1993 and 2007. The difference between 4.8 percent growth and 8.2 percent growth is $623 million. Georgia could accomplish a lot

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

Keep Working Families Top of Mind for Georgia’s Future

Posted August 7, 2014 by Taifa Smith Butler

A worker who earned $32,000 to $58,000 a year when the recession hit in 2007 was much more likely to lose a job than workers at the high and low ends of the spectrum. That’s because mid-wage industries lost the most jobs during the recession, as GBPI documented in a … [Read more]

New GBPI Budget Primer Tells Story of Shortchanged Citizenry

Posted August 6, 2014 by Alan Essig

GBPI is proud today to publish the latest edition of our annual comprehensive analysis of the state’s financial blueprint, the  “Georgia Budget Primer 2015.”… [Read more]
This primer is a clear explanation of the state’s revenue collections and its current spending plan through next June. The 2015 edition tells the story of

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

Price to Get Top Business Climate Rank Could be Economic Inequality

Posted July 24, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

When states like Georgia rate well as places to do business, the same factors used in those rankings also appear to create a climate for economic inequality, according to a new report.… [Read more]
The new analysis finds states that tend to rank well on business climate indexes, like the ones published

Georgia Gets an “F” for Failing Working Parents

Posted July 17, 2014 by Melissa Johnson

Georgia is failing its working moms and dads, according to a new report by the National Partnership for Women & Families. In its most recent edition of “Expecting Better… [Read more],” the group assigned Georgia an ”F” after comparing policies in each state meant to protect and support working parents.

Georgia’s Middle Class Workers Left Out of Recovery

Posted July 17, 2014 by Wesley Tharpe

[Read more]Industries in Georgia that pay a middle-class wage fell furthest during the Great Recession but are faring the worst during the economic recovery. Georgia’s mid-wage industries comprised 52 percent of private sector job losses during the recession, but only 15 percent of gains during the recovery. Cuts to state and

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