Gov. Brian Kemp Announces New Health Care Plan
Governor Brian Kemp announced the formation of a new plan to address health care issues in Georgia. The new Georgia Pathways and Access has four goals: to reduce uninsured rates, lower insurance premiums, cut red tape, and enhance healthcare outcomes in the state.
“To put it simply, Georgia Pathways and Access will provide the opportunity for thousands of hardworking Georgians to finally have health insurance coverage, while making health care affordable for millions, millions more.”
Kemp stated sobering statistics facing the state’s residents.
“Georgia has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country at 14.8 %. That is 1.4 million Georgians living without health insurance. Insurance premiums in the state are too high, with the average price for a bronze plan on the healthcare exchange up over 27% year over year."
Those wanting to participate must meet certain guidelines.
“The qualifying activities include employment or on the job training, participating in job readiness activities, community service, vocational education training, or enrollment in higher education.
Kemp was joined by CMS Administrator Seema Verma to announce the plan has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.