Georgia’s candidates for governor released their health care plans, and both candidates’ plans look to strengthen rural health care.
Both candidates have plans to stabilize health insurance premiums, fight against Alzheimer’s disease, increase access to doctors in the rural areas, and fight against drug abuse.
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams’ health plan –
Her Health Care Platform has seven pillars:
1. Medicaid expansion to cover nearly 500,000 more Georgians, save rural hospitals and generate 56,000 new jobs across the state.
2. Protection of the Affordable Care Act and creation of the Georgia Premium Stability Program to lower premiums for self-employed Georgians.
3. Stronger mental health and substance abuse networks.
4. Protection of women’s health.
5. Expanded services for seniors, including prioritization of Alzheimer’s research.
6. Increased support for individuals with disabilities.
7. Strategies targeted at addressing rural health care gaps.
Abrams’ plan also looks to focus on women’s health issues such as infant mortality rates and women’s reproductive rights. Abrams’ central component to her health care plan is Medicaid expansion.
Below is a statement she released to the media about mortality rates and reproductive rights for women.
“Our state is in crisis; Georgia’s high maternal and infant mortality rates highlight the importance of access to quality, affordable health care for Georgia mothers and children throughout our state. I am the only candidate to make maternal health a centerpiece of my health care platform. As governor, I will reduce our maternal and infant mortality rates by funding rural hospitals, expanding Medicaid, and leveraging state and federal programs to incentivize doctors and medical personnel to live in under-served communities.” – Stacey Abrams.
From Abrams’ website on women’s reproductive rights:
Abrams wants no TRAP (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers) legislation has passed Georgia, and she has been recognized as a Living Legend by Planned Parenthood of the Southeast, a recipient of the national Champion for Women’s Health Award from Planned Parenthood Action Fund and received local support from the Feminist Women’s Health Center.
Click here to view Abrams’ health care plan.
Republican candidate Brian Kemp’s health care plan –
Kemp’s plan looks to stabilize individual and small group exchange markets through a reinsurance program that protects against catastrophic claims and covers Georgians with pre-existing conditions.
Kemp’s wants to address the doctors shortage in rural Georgia by beefing up loan forgiveness programs and primary care residency positions. Kemp re-affirmed his support of the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program and pledged to raise the cap from $60 to $100 million.
Kemp’s health care strategy looks to embraced association health plans, which allow Georgia companies to link together and offer better coverage with competitive rates to their employees and families. Kemp affirmed that market forces would ultimately drive down costs.
Kemp plans to create a Commission on Behavioral Health to address veterans issues, prescription drug use, and school security concerns. Kemp also wants more collaborative efforts to find better treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s disease.
Click here to view Kemp’s health care plan.