In October 2014, the Foundation invited a group of journalists with a strong focus on health policy and state health reform to participate in a week-long fellowship program focused on how the Affordable Care Act is shaping Georgia’s health care environment. The site visits in Atlanta gave the journalists the opportunity to hear from a variety of experts and stakeholders on financing health care, health insurance premiums and health plan networks, access to care in urban and rural communities across the state, and the impact of demographic change on health care needs. The program covered a range of issues including the challenges of providing care for the uninsured or underinsured, the implications of Georgia’s decision not to move forward with Medicaid expansion, providing care for Georgia’s rural population, and the work being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured published a fact sheet that summarizes Georgia’s Health Care Landscape. The Foundation also has a State Health Insurance Marketplace Profile on Georgia, which is continually updated to reflect the latest information on the state’s health insurance marketplace implementation.
Kate Harrison Belz, health reporter, The Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TN
Jonathan Cohn, senior editor, The New Republic
-“Stop Freaking Out About America’s Single Ebola Death, and Start Worrying About West Africa,” The New Republic, Oct. 8, 2014
-“CHART: States That Block Medicaid Are Giving Up a Lot of Money,” The New Republic, Nov. 3, 2014
Tom Corwin, science & medicine reporter, The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, GA
Carol Eisenberg, senior editor, Kaiser Health News, Washington, D.C.
Gisele Grayson, senior producer, science desk, NPR, Washington, D.C.
Ashley Hopkinson, freelance reporter, GA
Noam Levey, national healthcare reporter, Washington bureau, The Los Angeles Times
Tami Luhby, senior writer, CNNMoney, New York City bureau
Shefali Luthra, web reporter, Kaiser Health News, Washington, D.C.
Andy Miller, editor & publisher, Georgia Health News
-“Will map of ACA enrollment look different in 2015?” Georgia Health News, Oct. 7, 2014
-“Atlanta airport, 4 others to screen travelers for Ebola,” Georgia Health News, Oct. 8, 2014
-“Rural health panel offers plan to cut ER use,” Georgia Health News, Feb. 23, 2015
Jason Millman, health reporter, Wonkblog, The Washington Post
-“Why ERs are bracing for an Ebola panic,” The Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2014
Julie Rovner, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News, Washington, D.C.
Sarah Wheaton, healthcare reporter, Politico, Washington, D.C.
-“The View From Africa, Via Atlanta,” Politico Pulse, Oct. 9, 2014
-“Reigniting the Push for Health Equity,” Politico Pulse, Oct. 8, 2014
-“Advocates Look Beyond Deal For Coverage Options,” Politico Pro, Nov. 3, 2014
-“Why Medicaid Expansion Promises Aren’t a Turnout Driver,” Politico Pulse, Nov. 4, 2014