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Georgia bottoms out in health care, group says

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In the years leading to health care reforms, health care in Georgia has grown markedly worse, particularly for minorities and the poor, according a ranking released Wednesday.

The nonpartisan Common­wealth Fund rated health care in states across 42 areas from 2007 to 2012 in a report titled Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2014.

All states improved in some areas, such as childhood vaccination, but more than half declined on at least nine of the measures, according to the report.

Compared with a ranking from 2009, Georgia’s standing plummeted. Its overall ranking fell from 35th to 45th. It dropped from 22nd to 48th in health care for minorities and did decidedly worse overall in how it treats vulnerable populations – the poor and minorities – compared to the population as a whole, falling from 27th to 46th.

In the rate of uninsured black and Hispanic adults younger than 65, Georgia ranked 49th, ahead of only North Carolina and Ten­nessee, in a list that includes the District of Columbia.

The state was at the bottom in measures looking at minority at-risk adults who went without a doctor visit, minority children without a medical home and minority children who had not had a preventive care visit in the past year.

Georgia is near the bottom in similar measures for the poor. The uninsured rate grew overall during that time period but was particularly bad for some, said Commonwealth President David Blumenthal.

“Those rates grew faster in some places than others, and the costs of care were going up so that people without insurance found it harder to afford what care was available,” he said. “This was a difficult period that was exacerbated in some locales more than others.”

Those groups clearly lost ground in Georgia, said Commonwealth Fund Senior Vice President Cathy Schoen.

“We’re seeing for vulnerable groups an increase in not being able to go to the doctor, being uninsured, not getting preventive care,” she said.

In many measures in the report, the gap in rates between the best-performing states and the worst is as much as two- to eight-fold, the report authors note.

Georgia is one of 16 of the worst-performing states that will also not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the report found. Doing so would have extended insurance coverage to adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, Blumenthal said. And that has a real potential to improve care over time, Schoen said.

“There is a real opportunity to not just expand to the lowest income population with insurance but keep them securely insured so that they have continuity of care over time,” she said.

WHERE WE STAND

Three groups grading Georgia or Augusta in areas of health are releasing their rankings this week. The Leapfrog Group rated Georgia 24th for hospital safety and The Commonwealth Fund rated Georgia 45th in overall health care performance and 48th in health care for minorities. The American Lung Association gave Augusta a “D” for the number of high ozone days but a “B” for the number of high particle pollution days and a passing grade overall.

– From staff reports

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ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/30/14 - 05:09 am
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of course, "non-partisan" means democrat...

they also "found" that America ranks below most other modern nations
and they're big supporters of O, and O'care
yet another biased academic study
the order is
Netherlands, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, then America
did they just go by percentage of white people?
goodness... why didn't this writer research these guys?
is journalism that hard?

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iaaffg 04/30/14 - 05:11 am
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yes, but they have clean air
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yes, but they have clean air to breathe.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 04/30/14 - 05:16 am
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sadly, ymnbde, there seems to
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sadly, ymnbde, there seems to no longer be journalistic accountability in the press or on tv these days. no research or investigation is required before printing or running diarrheic mouths on the tube about whatever. unfortunately, there are way more swiss cheese and herd-mentality minds out there lapping it up and calling it truth. unfortunately they are also allowed to vote and breed.

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TrukinRanger 04/30/14 - 05:32 am
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This article is just about
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This article is just about right on target. Some of the poorest - or poorest run states are red states. It's tiring to keep hearing people say things like we're the greatest country in the world, or we have the best health care, etc.... those statements are NOT true. We are a nation that fallen behind other modern nations and the GOP can sit there and tell you otherwise all day long- but they'd still be wrong.

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dichotomy 04/30/14 - 05:34 am
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Hmmm, non-partisan......but

Hmmm, non-partisan......but founded by a "social reformer" and still dedicated to that purpose. The organization currently is dedicated to "keep leaders informed on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act". Which means they may claim to be non-partisan but they are big supporters of Obamacare socialized medicine.

I think it stands to reason that since some states passed out Medicaid to everyone and Georgia did the right thing for it's taxpayers and did not, that Georgia would be rated lower on this "survey" than before even though nothing has changed in Georgia.

If everyone else starts giving away free ice cream and you don't, you are going to get rated toward the bottom of the free ice cream survey.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/30/14 - 06:18 am
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Biff Pocoraba struck out only 109 times in his career

Hank Aaron struck out 1383 times!
why in the world would anyone want Hank Aaron on their team?
and why is he in the hall of fame, and the Biffster isn't?
and why does the Chronicle publish such trash as this article in their paper?
this writer should be ashamed

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Bizkit 04/30/14 - 06:39 am
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Wow the people in Georgia

Wow the people in Georgia need to get insurance, get vaccinated, take advantage of preventive care because that onus is on the people-no medical system can make people do those things (the ACA is in theory but it won't work). But notice this is about the ACA and this report uses unknown standards and compares to those have expanded Medicaid and fully adopted the ACA. This is purely political driven and suppose to embarrass the state, because I'd like to read the study to see how they came up with these measures. Funny how all these "non-partisan" fact checkers and groups turn out to be very partisan. Hey this decline comes about the same time as Azziz-we can play the Dem blame game and blame it all on him-then fire him-problem solved. Listening Deal? I think these numbskulls think that this indicts the State government but all they mentioned is personal responsibilities of individuals. They make the case that stepping up to the ACA will solve this problem but there is no evidence to support that and is another blatant lie of Obama. This is just purely political driven-because they didn't measure the health of Georgians. Did they look at obesity by socioeconomic status, health by socioeconomic status, etc.

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Bizkit 04/30/14 - 06:43 am
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The poor lost ground because

The poor lost ground because Georgia didn't expand Medicaid, that is their measure and the bottom line. See their progressive premise is that it is upto govt to maintain the health of their cattle-I mean people. You have to have insurance, you have to be vaccinated (which I agree we "should"), and you have to be health conscious and practice preventive care-because really your health is your problem.

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Little Lamb 04/30/14 - 06:44 am
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Yellow

Publishing this story gives journalism a bad name. The editors should be ashamed. Admit it, Chronicle editors — there are some press releases that should not be published. This is one of them.

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redfish 04/30/14 - 07:24 am
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Easy solution...

There is an easy solution to this sad situation. If the poor and minorities would move to the highly ranked states, they could get better health care and Georgia would be better off as well. People need to think outside the box on these complex issues.

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minder 04/30/14 - 07:48 am
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Ga. Standing

Yes, I think they produced a TV show, in Georgia, about this subject that seems to accurately portray Georgia's current ethical/socioeconomic standing in the world...I think it is called, "The Walking Dead".

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rmwhitley 04/30/14 - 09:41 am
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Non-partisan "commonwealth
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fund", known locally as "Thy brother's, sister's, prostitute's, drug dealer's, cop killer's et al's keeper". For those of you who refuse to get an EDUCATION, ( and believe I am here to tend to your needs for life with my OVERTAXED butt) GET A JOB CLEANING FLOORS. Get off of your lazy derrieres.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/14 - 10:48 am
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Walking Deadbeats

From the story:

. . . minority at-risk adults who went without a doctor visit, minority children without a medical home and minority children who had not had a preventive care visit in the past year.

Did you ever notice on the Walking Dead TV program, there are no factories, no commerce, yet everyone has plenty of gasoline, bullets, food, clean drinking water, medicines, etc? How do they do that?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/14 - 11:23 am
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Time Frame

From the story:

The uninsured rate grew overall during that time period [2007 to 2012 -- LL] . . . said Commonwealth President David Blumenthal. “Those rates grew faster in some places than others, and the costs of care were going up so that people without insurance found it harder to afford what care was available,” he said.

Wait a minute! The Affordable Care Act was supposed to usher in lower medical care costs. What went wrong?

It's not hard to figure out that this so-called “study” is little more than a propaganda screed published to advocate that all medical financial issues from 2007 to 2012 were Bush's fault, and that all success stories from 2013 going forward are Obama's triumphs.

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PrayN4U 04/30/14 - 11:52 am
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WHY

My question is why did Gov Deal sign the law to try and keep Affordable Health Care away from Georgia. ymbde, this is not about white, black, red, yellow, green or polka dot. Health care is about people who need it but can't affor it, PERIOD!!!!! Democrat, Republican or Whig should not matter when we can help someone. I don't mind paying more so someone else can have a little. Some day I may be the one who need Affordable Health Care. Realistically and honestly put yourself in someone else shoes for a moment. Georgia really need to be allowed to benefit from the health care. Deal was wrong to sign the law. Let the people vote. Guns, let the people vote and stop trying to back door us. Should I say "FEDEX"?

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Bizkit 04/30/14 - 12:50 pm
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Helping people isnt the issue

Helping people isnt the issue it is Dems have no clue of fiscal responsibility (neither did Rep when Bush was president either) and that Obama expanding a program for children to one for adults (likely some kids won't be covered because of adding adults) and it has to be paid for with new taxes which the ACA covers with over 20 new taxes that most middle class people can't afford. Because the bulk of it is paid by the middle class. Put yourself in someone else's shoes for a moment. The economy is bad everyone is suffering and most can not afford all the new taxes. It is like a drowning person-you can go out and swim to them to save them and they drown you so you both perish. It really diminishes spending, peoples ability to save for retirement which most middle class people can't, so it hurts the economy too.

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ymnbde 04/30/14 - 01:22 pm
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goodness, prayn4u2

do you have any concept of economics?
do you have any concept of history?
the quality of health care is going to go down
because patients were added to the system
and doctors were not added to the system
that is the main reason O'care will fail
and for you to bring up fedex lets me know exactly what type person you are
goodness... O may have the treasury in his hands
you want him to have the little bittie babies and the whole world too
you made one of the most disgusting posts in a long time
i hope you get some help

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nocnoc 04/30/14 - 02:08 pm
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How to get bad State press

Refuse OBAMACARE and watch the liberals jump on you.
OK I admit I skimmed the article...

"Georgia is one of 16 of the worst-performing states that will also not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the report found."

1 reason OBAMACARE raped Medicaid funding and Ga is a BALANCE BUDGET STATE.

So as far as Balanced Budget states go how does Ga rank?

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Bizkit 04/30/14 - 02:52 pm
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When WHO ranks health care

When WHO ranks health care systems the reason the US is ranked as low is because we don't have universal health care. We fair better than any country as larger or larger than US with universal health care. All the large countries with universal health care, except Japan which really isn't that "large" are rated poorly by WHO-China, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Russia are rated low in health care. Obama's goal is to be like Denmark or Sweden, but the numbskull doesn't realize it won't work here and we will end up like India because of our large population that is generally in poor health.

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OJP 04/30/14 - 03:16 pm
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It's a tragedy that Gov. Deal refused the Medicaid expansion.

And for political reasons. Obamacare isn't going anywhere - that is abundantly clear.

Don't force your citizens to get sick and/or die just because you and your party lost a political battle, Governor.

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jimmymac 04/30/14 - 03:39 pm
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The affordable care plan put forth by Obama and his democrat minions is just another free bee for the moochers of society. If you need health care go out and pay for it yourself. Why should other people be forced to pay for your care. If I chose to donate that's fine but no one should be forced to pay for someone else's care. If you have kids i's your responsibility to take care of them. If you can't afford to do that don't have them. To have them and not care for them should be treated as child abuse.

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nocnoc 04/30/14 - 04:43 pm
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It took some digging but NON-partisan they are NOT

President of the Group is David Blumenthal, M.D.

So who is he?
During the U.S. presidential campaign in 1987-1988, Blumenthal was chief health advisor to the Dukakis campaign. Liberal Democrat

Twenty years later, in 2008, he was senior health adviser to the Obama campaign. On March 20, 2009, President Obama appointed Blumenthal to be the National Health Information Technology Coordinator, just a month after the enactment of a federal stimulus package that included about $19 billion in incentives, through Medicare and Medicaid, for the adoption of electronic health records.
Socialist Democrat

So we have a PRO-OBAMA person rating states that refused to use OBAMACARE.

NON-PARTISAN my tail end.

WOW is there any limit to the sneakiness of LIBERALS and SOCIALISTS.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_Fund#President

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Blumenthal#Government_activities

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edcushman 04/30/14 - 05:22 pm
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"Don't force your citizens to get sick and/or die just because you and your party lost a political battle, Governor.'
OJP, yeah we need to give free health care to the murders, rapist and child molesters as they get out of prison and go back to murdering, raping and molesting children, what a great party the democrats are.

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TrukinRanger 04/30/14 - 05:38 pm
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wow.. I see the problem..
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wow.. I see the problem.. republicans.. too bad you all aren't Christians.. Christians help each other..

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Young Fred 04/30/14 - 06:23 pm
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Wow - Tom's

ear tips are a little red right now.

No doubt he dismisses the critics, thinking they are merely right-winger-nuts. Of course if he were to actually look at some of the points highlighted by the various posters, he may, just maybe could start digging, and looking, and questioning, and practicing journalism instead of just parroting.

But hey - I'm no journalist - who am I to tell another how to do their job?

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Esctab 04/30/14 - 07:30 pm
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Why are you shooting the messenger?

To those bloggers who are critical of the Augusta Chronicle report by Tom Corwin:

What the heck??? he provided us with a summary of an opinion published by the Commonwealth Fund! Several of you are trying to say the Commonwealth Fund report is Corwin's opinion; no where did I read it was his opinion; all sentences were linked to what the Commonwealth Fund report stated not an opinion statement by Corwin.

Little Lamb in particular, what would you say if the AC (Tom Corwin) ignored what the Commonwealth Fund reported? Maybe you would have the opposite critique: that they didn't provide a summary and turned a blind eye to a report published by the Commonwealth Fund? So you don't like what the Commonwealth Fund had to say? Little Lamb, why, in your opinion, is that the fault of the Augusta Chronicle???????

Little Lamb, it seems to me that you are the one who wants the newspaper to only report what fits your view and that any else should not be published.

It is irrelevant whether you or I agree with what the Commonwealth Fund reported, but at least the AC made its readership aware of the Commonwealth report; and that Little Lamb is the AC doing their job.

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stuaby 04/30/14 - 07:32 pm
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"Admit it, Chronicle editors

"Admit it, Chronicle editors — there are some press releases that should not be published."

Why so surprised? It's clear that not everyone at the AC is a rock-ribbed conservative. There are a number of moles there.

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Truth Matters 04/30/14 - 07:51 pm
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"How to get bad State

"How to get bad State Press"
Let me count the ways:
1) Have a governor who is too immoral to care for the health welfare of his constituents.
2) Have GOP-controlled legislature that cares only about their re-election and ignores the will of the people
3) Have an insurance commissioner who boasts in the press that he is doing everything to obstruct the ACA.
4) Have a legislature that think it is fine to pass legislation that prohibits state agencies from even assisting the public with how to get healthcare.

See, you don't need the help of "liberals" to get bad press. This governor is a master at getting bad press. Every since he left Congress with an investigation yelping at his heels.

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Truth Matters 04/30/14 - 08:00 pm
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""Admit it, Chronicle editors

""Admit it, Chronicle editors — there are some press releases that should not be published."

Well, looks like we have some people in this crowd who want to censor the media. But that is only when the media prints stories that expose the real harm the GOP-led state house is doing to the citizens of Georgia.

These comments verify what I have long suspected. For all the talk about loving freedom, it is just that, a lot of talk. True lovers of freedom do not pick and choose what is news. They are open-minded and are able to consider many points of view, then reach a conclusion. Neither do they scold the editors for printing stories that do not support their jaundiced views.

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nocnoc 04/30/14 - 08:11 pm
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Has anyone bothered to read my last post?

The guy leading Commonwealth is an OBAMA Appointee.
See for yourself look up the President of the Group and do a Google.
Look at the Wiki and see he IS/was OBAMA's WH Advisor on Medical Insurance ...

NON-PARTISAN my shinny fat ______

An No I am not blaming the Reporter or the Staff.

But yes this is a politically planted story that got by several major Media outlets.
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