The Obamacare exchange may survive next year in rural Georgia. But patients who depend on its last remaining insurer are now learning there’s a catch.
Over the past week letters have arrived at homes throughout the state giving patients a jolt. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the only insurer on the exchange for 96 of the state’s 159 counties, is telling patients with individual policies that if they go to the emergency room and it’s not an emergency, they’ll be stuck with the bill.
“I am very concerned,” said Dr. Matthew Keadey, who leads an organization of ER doctors. He fears patients who need the ER but aren’t sure they do will avoid it now. “If this is fully implemented, I think we’re going to have deaths out there because of it.”Read more
Obamacare in Georgia has survived another day.
The last insurance company to still serve patients on the Affordable Care Act exchange in all regions of the state says it won’t back out, at least not yet.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, the only remaining company to serve all 159 counties in the state, has filed its annual plans for next year’s insurance market. In its initial filing, it submitted plans for the entire state, said spokeswoman Debbie Diamond. Big questions remain, however, including how much the company will charge. Read more
By Craig Schneider and Misty Williams – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ELLAVILLE, Ga. —
Kenneth Peek had a rough year. The South Georgia farm where he and his wife grow corn, wheat and soybeans faced a drought and lost money in 2016. So he’s working construction jobs to make ends meet.
The 64-year-old hoped to catch a break on his health care costs. He has insurance through the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, but the premiums and bills keep going up and up. That’s one reason he voted for Donald Trump, hoping “he gets this old country straightened out.” Read More
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