ACA Insurance Sign-Ups Down from Last Year in Georgia and New Opioid Bills in Legislature
Last week, the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period closed. For Georgia, the numbers show a sixteen percent drop in the number of people who signed up for insurance coverage, compared to the same enrollment period last year.
In December, it looked as if numbers for people signing up for ACA insurance were increasing nation-wide, but those numbers started to decline in mid-January. Proponents of the ACA attribute this to President Trump taking office, and talking about his plans to repeal the healthcare law. The Trump administration also stopped the airing of Healthcare.gov advertising in the days before open enrollment closed. Supporters of repealing the ACA cite increasing premiums as a deterrent.
Georgia saw the fourth biggest drop in insurance exchange sign-ups, coming behind Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alaska. However, sign-ups declined across the whole country.
In other health news, the Georgia Legislature is introducing three bills to address the growing prescription opioid epidemic in the state. The first is designed to expand the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and permanently legalize the sale of naloxone, an overdose treatment drug. The other two bills focus on regulating fentanyl, and methadone clinics in Georgia.