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Health Care Reform

The Georgia Health Policy Center has formed a work group dedicated to understanding and translating the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. The act, signed into law in March 2010, aims to expand public and private insurance coverage, improve the health care delivery system, and increase access to preventive services in the United States.

Experts from across Georgia State University are delving into the details of the law to provide a clear understanding of the impact on state policymakers, agencies, providers, community-based organizations, individuals, and businesses. The group is comprised of faculty and staff from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, the College of Law, and the College of Health & Human Sciences. Our team offers health expertise in the following areas: policy, administration, economics, law, insurance, financing, employee benefits, risk management, public and private coverage, long-term care, public health, and more.

We are pleased to share our health reform policy briefs and other resources:

  • The Role of Georgia’s Safety Net Providers in the Health Insurance Marketplace
    On October 1, 2013, open enrollment began for state and federal health insurance marketplaces, giving consumers a new opportunity to shop for and purchase health insurance. In preparation for this significant change in health insurance access, the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) and Communities Joined in Action (CJA) hosted a conference for Georgia safety net providers (community health collaboratives, clinics, and hospitals), focused on strategic thinking and opportunities around health reform and enrollment. Safety net providers are in a unique position to provide marketplace enrollment support to Georgia’s under- and uninsured. Marketplace health insurance purchase may not only benefit the patient, but also providers, who may gain a new payer source for services. This resource sheet is designed answer key questions that surfaced from the conference of more than 75 attendees from across the state.
  • Leading through Health System Change: A Public Health Opportunity
    Public health leaders have important questions related to how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will affect the future of public health at local, state, and national levels.  With input from public health professionals from across the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and the Georgia Health Policy Center have created this collaborative planning tool to help public health organizations begin to examine and discuss opportunities and challenges that health system change poses.  The tool’s website and interactive PDF can be used individually or with a team to examine the basics of health care reform, apply adaptive thinking to questions related to health system change, and create a simplified implementation plan to leverage the opportunities in the health care reform law to improve population health.
  • ACA Funding for Georgia Community Health
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides support for community-based organizations (CBOs) to improve community health through health and wellness promotion, chronic disease prevention, and assurance of quality health care. This policy brief will examine the current status of this funding, outline the distribution of the grant awards nationally and in Georgia, and provide a framework for how, going forward, organizations might adapt to the changing health policy environment.
  • Health Insurance Exchanges
    A key piece of the expansion of private health insurance through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the creation of health insurance exchanges. This brief outlines state opportunities and challenges related to exchanges and examines implications from the June 2012 Supreme Court Ruling related to the ACA.
  • The Supreme Court Ruling on the Affordable Care Act: What will it mean for Georgians?
    On Thursday, June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on the constitutionality of key provisions of the ACA. Read this brief to learn more about what the ruling means for Georgians.
  •  An Overview of Health Reform 
     This brief takes a broad look at health reform, the impact on the state of Georgia, and the changes occurring over the next few years. 
  •  State Implications of Health Reform in Georgia
      This issue focuses on the leverage points available to state policymakers and agencies to shape the health care system in Georgia.
  •  Implications of Health Reform for Community-Based Organizations
     This brief addresses elements of the health reform law that are significant to community health initiatives.
  • The Impact of Health Reform on Health Care Providers
     This issue summarizes the impact health reform may have on health care providers (physicians, hospitals, etc.).
  • The Employer Health Reform Package
    The Georgia Health Policy Center, Center for Mississippi Health Policy, and Florida Public Health Institute have partnered to release a health reform package for employers. The package includes the policy brief "Health Reform Implications for Employers" and the 50-State Health Reform Calculator for Small Businesses©.
  • Health Reform: From Insights to Strategies, A Variety of Perspectives
    This report details the Georgia Health Policy Center's 15th Anniversary Project in 2010. The GHPC chose to commemorate this anniversary by conducting strategic consultations of the likely impact of health reform on a diverse group of stakeholders from across Georgia. A symposium was held in October to share the discoveries and potential implications for a broader array of organizations and communities throughout the state.
  • Health Reform Resources
    Additional topic-specific information will be provided in the future. It is our goal to help you become educated on the law and prepare for the transition. Please feel free to contact Annette Pope, Assistant Director of the Georgia Health Policy Center, if you are interested in learning more about our work and how you, your organization, or state can benefit. Continue to visit our site for updates, information, and links.