Release: Affordable Care Act Gives Over 2 million Georgians Access to Preventative Care at No Cost

Release:  Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

Affordable Care Act Gives Over 2 million Georgians Access to Preventative Care at No Cost

 

Atlanta, GA – While Georgia’s Republican congressional delegation continues their efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act, Democrats are committed to ensuring that all Georgians have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Georgians are already benefitting from the new law.  To date, 2,202,000 Georgians have received at least one preventative care service at no out-of-pocket cost.  These services include blood and cholesterol screenings, mammograms, well-woman visits, domestic violence counseling, immunizations, and vision and hearing screening for children.  Nationally, 71 million people with private insurance and 34 million on Medicare have received at least one free preventative care service.

Georgia Republican congressmen Jack Kingston, Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Tom Price, Rob Woodall, Tom Graves, Austin Scott, and Doug Collins have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 40 times.  Dismantling the ACA, approved by both houses of Congress, signed by President Obama, and upheld by the Supreme Court, would terminate free preventative care services.

Meanwhile, Governor Nathan Deal has prevented 600,000 Georgians from obtaining health insurance by refusing to expand Medicaid in Georgia.  Despite repeated calls for reform from medical professionals, Deal continues to place politics before people.

To find more information on how the ACA is already benefitting Georgians, visit this link.

 

Background:

 

State Forum February 2013:  The Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Georgia

Athens Banner-Herald 11/19/13:  Medical providers urge Georgia lawmakers to expand Medicaid

Office of Gov. Nathan Deal 1/13/13:  Deal speech: ‘Free’ health care will cause a crunch

Wichita Eagle 9/20/13:  Why go backward on health care?

 

 

State

Individuals Enrolled in

Private Insurance[1]

U.S. 71,001,000
Alabama 1,084,000
Alaska 164,000
Arizona 1,406,000
Arkansas 578,000
California 8,061,000
Colorado 1,288,000
Connecticut 945,000
Delaware 218,000
District of Columbia 141,000
Florida 3,762,000
Georgia 2,202,000
Hawaii 323,000
Idaho 367,000
Illinois 3,047,000
Indiana 1,508,000
Iowa 801,000
Kansas 684,000
Kentucky 975,000
Louisiana 932,000
Maine 301,000
Maryland 1,518,000
Massachusetts 1,773,000
Michigan 2,386,000
Minnesota 1,412,000
Mississippi 586,000
Missouri 1,441,000
Montana 213,000
Nebraska 477,000
Nevada 615,000
New Hampshire 365,000
New Jersey 2,209,000
New Mexico 373,000
New York 4,401,000
North Carolina 2,062,000
North Dakota 180,000
Ohio 2,742,000
Oklahoma 811,000
Oregon 907,000
Pennsylvania 3,151,000
Rhode Island 252,000
South Carolina 980,000
South Dakota 200,000
Tennessee 1,413,000
Texas 5,198,000
Utah 787,000
Vermont 151,000
Virginia 1,998,000
Washington 1,620,000
West Virginia 398,000
Wisconsin 1,459,000
Wyoming 136,000

 



[1] Source: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/PreventiveServices/ib_prevention.cfm