Access to necessary care is a crucial health issue facing Georgia’s communities, and this is especially true for uninsured, underinsured and publicly-insured populations. An average one in every five Georgians are uninsured, with figures that rise far beyond that in our more rural communities. In 2012, costs led 81 percent of uninsured people to put off or go without health care they needed in the previous 12 months, nationally.
We will work to build a better safety net throughout our communities by working to develop a sustainable framework for community clinics and other groups serving these populations. We will also evaluate current and potential public policies to see what changes could be made to help open access to necessary care.