Tag: Federal Health Care Reform Law

By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal said the state Department of Community Health has been told to reduce its amended current fiscal year budget by 3 percent and then find 5 percent more in new cuts next year to help the state absorb Medicaid costs that continue to escalate.  The state faces a Medicaid deficit that will approach $800 million during the next 18 months of its fiscal cycle. Deal devoted nearly his entire speech to health care expense when he addressed the Georgia Chamber of Commerce annual “Eggs and Issues” breakfast Wednesday at the World Congress Center in Atlanta.   The Governor also suggested folks who cannot attend Thursday morning’s State of the State address should monitor his “Tweeter” account. … View Article
The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federal health care reform law.  This means the individual mandate survives.  There are questions about how this decision will affect state Medicaid programs, including Georgia Medicaid.  Today we will monitor and present the extensive reactions to this historic decision.  We invite you to check back here as Georgia leaders react.   Comments compiled by Mike Klein. 3:35 pm — Statement from Robert Schapiro, Dean, Emory University School of Law: “Chief Justice (John Roberts) has crafted an opinion that manages to uphold the law without making any dramatic comments on the state of existing law.  The chief justice accepted the key arguments of those opposing the… View Article
The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act federal health care reform law. This means the individual mandate survives. There are questions about how this decision will affect state Medicaid programs, including Georgia Medicaid. Today we will monitor the extensive reactions to this historic decision. This is the second of two files on the Foundation blog. Please see the earlier file for those reactions earlier today. Compiled by Mike Klein. Interview with Cindy Zeldin, Executive Director, Georgians for a Healthy Future: “It’s a big victory for Georgia health care consumers. We have big problems in our state. We have two million that don’t have health insurance.  We have consumers don’t always have… View Article
By Mike Klein Governor Nathan Deal expressed displeasure with the U.S. Supreme Court decision on federal health care reform during a Thursday afternoon news conference, describing it as “the largest tax increase in the history of the United States, at least $500 billion and perhaps significantly more.”  The Governor also admitted he was surprised by the decision because he thought the Court had given “pretty strong signals” that it had problems with the individual mandate. The Governor appeared alone when he spoke to reporters and a large crowd that assembled in mid-afternoon inside the State Capitol.  Deal said the state will likely hold off making decisions on several questions until after the November national elections.  Presumptive Republican Party Presidential nominee… View Article

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