September 13, 2012 – A report released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier this week showed that the number of uninsured Americans dropped for the first time in three years. From 2010 to 2011, nearly 1.3 million people gained insurance coverage. This is especially remarkable given the weakness of the American economy, when it could otherwise be expected that the percentage of Americans insured would drop due to fewer people receiving coverage through employment. According to the Washington Post (read the full story here), almost 40% of this increase in coverage can be attributed to the provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that allows adult children to remain on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.
June 28, 2012 – Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but narrowly construed the federal government’s ability to require state expansion of Medicaid. While the court’s upholding of most of the ACA is good for Georgia consumers, the ruling on Medicaid means that Georgia could refuse to expand Medicaid without incurring a penalty.
“Most of today’s ruling is really a huge victory for Georgia’s health care consumers,” says Bill Rencher, Georgia Watch Health Access Program director. According to Rencher, several portions of the ACA upheld today have already benefitted millions of Georgians. For example: