The Fight to Cover GeorgiaFebruary 24, 2014
Access to affordable healthcare has always been an important issue in the United States – but has taken center stage in recent years due to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased access to health insurance coverage for millions of Americans, ended the denial of services for patients, extended coverage for dependents to stay on their guardians’ insurance plans until age 26, and allowed those with pre-existing conditions to receive health coverage. As part of the ACA, the federal government set up a national health insurance exchange and created funding for all states to create their own health insurance exchanges and expand Medicaid access for low-income families. As of now, 25 states have chosen not to expand Medicaid to more low-income families in their states–including Georgia.