Georgia Healthcare Reform Project Launches Information Website
06/13/2012

A new website, www.gahealthcarereform.org/home, will offer basic, easy to understand information on the GA Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan program and other portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are intended to increase healthcare coverage.

Online PR News – 13-June-2012 – Atlanta/Georgia – A new website, www.gahealthcarereform.org/home, will offer basic, easy to understand information on the Georgia Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan program and other portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that are intended to increase healthcare coverage. The aim is to raise public awareness of these programs by providing community leaders with an easy to use resource. The Georgia Healthcare Reform Awareness Project is a pro bono service of law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. The purpose is to empower leaders with the tools necessary to educate communities regarding key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act instituted several programs aimed at providing health coverage for the uninsured. One of the programs, the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan, has not come close to meeting the expectation of 375,000 newly covered individuals. After a federal outreach program, a simplification of the application process, a lowering of premium rates, and the institution of a program that paid insurance agents and brokers a $100 fee for successfully enrolling eligible persons in the PCIP program, enrollment numbers remain extremely low (as of February 2012, only 57,000). The federal government has now cancelled the broker incentive program.

Materials available through this site are meant to "break down" the provisions of the law relating to improving access to healthcare and decreasing healthcare costs, such as the PCIP program, the Small Business Healthcare Tax Credit, and Medicaid Expansion.

The Georgia Healthcare Reform Awareness Project also offers seminars to train various leaders such as pastors, community activists, and heads of other social organizations. For information on attending a seminar, visit the "Contact Us" section of the website.

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