As Biden reopens ACA health insurance, thousands eligible in Georgia

The new open enrollment window will run from Feb. 15 to May 15, and coverage will start immediately with 2021 insurance plans. Prior to Feb. 15, people can go to HealthCare.gov/see-plans to window shop.

What kind of financial assistance is there?

On the ACA exchange, insurance plans are subsidized to be affordable for people who expect in 2021 to make less than 400% of the poverty level—as long as they make at least poverty level. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, most of the Americans who currently are eligible for a free “bronze” level plan on the ACA exchange after subsidies are applied reside in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. Georgia has one of the highest uninsured rates in the nation.

There is no assistance for Georgians who make less than 100% of the poverty level and who don’t meet the Georgia Medicaid criteria because the state has not

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Georgia Medical Facility Loses Appeal After Vaccinating Teachers Over Others

The Medical Center of Elberton in Georgia reportedly lost its appeal to administer COVID-19 vaccines as the state’s department of health issued a suspension.

The move followed the medical center’s decision to vaccinate teachers who have to return to in-person learning, even though it went against state guidelines.

Brooke McDowell, the medical center’s practice administrator, told local Georgia television station WSB-TV on Friday that they “plan to appeal.”

However, the medical center’s appeal was denied and a six-month suspension from new vaccines will be enforced until July 27, according to the news outlet.

The center can provide patients with the vaccine doses already in their inventory, but they will not receive any new doses until the suspension is lifted.

“Currently, the supply of COVID-19 vaccines is very limited,” the Georgia Department of Health said in a Friday statement addressing the suspension.

Georgia Gov. Kemp Visits Chatham County Health
A nurse is shown above showing off a vial
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Georgia suspends covid vaccine supply to rural medical center in Elberton for vaccinating teachers

The move has angered community members and staffers at the medical center, who argue the state is punishing not just the facility but the entire community.

“I’m pretty pissed about it because we are a tightknit community,” Brooke McDowell, an administrator at the medical center, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Our community is relying on us to vaccinate them, and our state has decided, during a pandemic, to suspend our privileges.”

There have been more than 890,000 coronavirus cases in Georgia and more than 13,800 deaths, according to The Washington Post’s coronavirus tracker. There have been 2,067 cases of the virus in Elbert County as of Thursday and 43 deaths. So far, Georgia has administered almost 660,000 first doses of the vaccine, according to The Post’s vaccine tracker. Almost 90,000 people are fully vaccinated.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) pushed back after nearly a dozen superintendents of Atlanta-area school districts

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