As the Affordable Care Act enters its final stages of implementation, the number of people signing up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchanges is still far below the number who want to purchase one.
The latest data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that just 11,619 people signed up for an Obamacare plan in the state, down from a peak of 20,912 people in March.
That’s less than 1 percent of the population, but still a big number considering the state has one of the most generous Medicaid programs in the country.
The Trump administration is aiming to have a total of 25 million people enrolled by the end of 2021, but only about 2.5 million of them will have health coverage.
“We are getting very close to the goal of the ACA, which is getting 20 million people insured by the first half of 2021,” said Dan Steinberg, chief executive of Georgia HealthCare, a company that offers insurance plans to low-income people.
“There is a lot of work ahead to ensure that we reach that goal, and we are still not there.”
The state has already had a rocky rollout of the program.
On March 3, the U,S.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a report on Georgia’s rollout of Medicaid coverage, which was seen as a step toward stabilizing the market.
The state’s initial plan for enrolling 25,000 people by the beginning of the month failed to meet that goal.
“The states, as a whole, have been doing very well.
We are very optimistic about the Medicaid market in Georgia, but we still have work to do,” said Amy Kreider, a senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
While many people have found coverage through private insurance through state-run exchanges, most of those who get Medicaid through private insurers are eligible for government subsidies to help cover the cost of their premiums.
But the Trump administration has signaled that it may end some subsidies.
In April, the Trump transition team announced that it was ending the Obamacare tax credit for people buying plans on the federal exchange, while also scrapping the federal funding that helps cover the costs of many people who do not qualify for Medicaid through their employers.
The administration has also proposed cuts to Medicaid eligibility for people with incomes below 138 percent of poverty, or about $36,000 for a family of four, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In a speech in May, Secretary of Health & Human Services Tom Price acknowledged that the Medicaid expansion has been a big success, but said he wants to see even more people signing on to the state health care exchanges, including low- and moderate-income residents, who have been the mainstay of the health care system.
“I am optimistic that we can keep this momentum going,” Price said at a National Association of Insurance Commissioners conference.
“And we will.
And it will be great to see more people sign up.
But it will also be important to make sure that we make sure the states are on top of the game.”
The administration also said it will make some changes to the way that the federal government finances the health insurance program.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that in 2019, the federal share of the cost would be reduced by $1.1 trillion.
This would allow states to set aside more money to cover their own costs, a move that some analysts say could have a negative effect on enrollment.
The Department of Homeland Security also has warned that it is considering cutting back on funding for the Medicaid program, though the agency did not provide specifics.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Gov.
Matt Bevin said the federal Medicaid payments would continue to provide a steady stream of help for people in low-wage jobs.
“People are getting to work, and that’s the reason why we’re having the success we’re seeing,” Bevin told AP.
“They’re having to make sacrifices for their family to get by, and Medicaid has provided them with a lot more of that than any other program out there.”
Some residents who signed up through the Medicaid exchange are still being told they will have to wait until they’re eligible for a subsidy, which could take two to three years.
Some people have gotten letters from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services saying they have not yet been able to get insurance.
Others are getting letters saying that they have been placed on waiting lists, which means they will not be able to enroll until they have to reapply for coverage.
In May, HHS Secretary Tom Price announced that states that didn’t reach the goal for enrolment by the deadline for the first month of enrollment would have to pay more than the amount of money already being spent on Medicaid.
The department will be releasing an updated federal budget proposal in September that will lay out how it will cover the Affordable Health Care Act and other federal health-care initiatives.
The final budget proposal will be released in