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"Early on in my career, when I saw my friends out in the business world having weekends off and making good salaries, while I was wrapped up in debt, that was a little more disheartening. I didn’t really feel the tangible benefits of it. Now that I’ve been doing it for 25 years, the rewards of helping people every day, it’s really a tangible thing."
"If a hospital closes and it’s a lot farther to get treated for a stroke, it’s significantly harder to attract major economic development[s] for those regions. Employees don’t want to go where they can’t get health care.”
Sylvia Burwell, head of the Health and Human Services, on open enrollment, Medicaid expansion in Georgia, and the CDC’s continued fight against Ebola.
As nearly 1.7 million eligible, uninsured Georgians begin seeking medical care, Grady Memorial Hospital faces a new challenge in the wake of Governor Nathan Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Money that once went to Grady and other safety nets as part of the federal Indigent Care Trust Fund will now be destined for states that have already opted in.
Employers with fifty or more full-time employees (those working thirty or more hours per week on average) may now wait until January 1, 2015, to provide employees with healthcare coverage. But according to Cindy Zeldin, the executive director of consumer advocacy nonprofit Georgians for a Healthy Future, the delay shouldn’t hold much bearing on the ACA’s implementation in metro Atlanta.
Long known as a job mecca of the South, Atlanta will become even more attractive for young entrepreneurs this fall. A recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest public health philanthropy in the United States, estimates that the Affordable Care Act will enable 56,000 Georgians to start businesses in 2014 who would not have otherwise done so.
Gov. Nathan Deal's refusal to accept an expansion of Medicaid, or to set up a health insurance exchange in Georgia as required by the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) aren't new news. Deal made it clear he'd reject an expansion of Medicaid not long after the Supreme Court's ACA ruling made it easier for states to decline. And Deal telegraphed his decision about exchanges for months before he made it official on November 16.