Examining Georgia’s 2015 Insurance Enrollment Map
Georgia Health News analyzes how the state's enrollment played out in 2014 and asks how variables might change in the year ahead.
Georgia Health News: Will Map Of ACA Enrollment Look Different In 2015?
The apparent impact of the cost of premiums is noticeable in the enrollment patterns in Georgia’s insurance exchange, as seen in the first year of its existence under the Affordable Care Act. A map of exchange enrollment in Georgia in 2014 shows generally low participation rates in rural South Georgia, even though these counties have high percentages of uninsured residents. … During the first open enrollment period, more than 310,000 consumers in Georgia selected marketplace plans, ranking the state fifth in enrollment among states where the federal government operated the exchange. In addition, since that enrollment period, more than 240,000 Georgians have been determined to be already eligible for Medicaid and PeachCare. The discovery of those people was largely a byproduct of the exchange enrollment process (Miller, 10/7).
Elsewhere, the Oregonian reports on Cover Oregon's legal fight against Oracle America --
Oregonian: Cover Oregon Health Exchange Legal Costs Top $1.1. Million; Any Winnings Likely Split
As the costs of Oregon's legal fight against Oracle America soar past $1.1 million, state officials aren't sure whether a successful judgment or settlement in the dispute would benefit the state or go directly to federal coffers. Records obtained under Oregon Public Records Law show that total state costs have far exceeded the million-dollar mark, with the private law firm that Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is using to pursue the Cover Oregon health exchange litigation billing $967,000 as of last week. Other state Department of Justice costs are at least $150,000, and may be much more (Budnick, 10/7).