As the new Republican federal administration digs into the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, many Georgians are left unsure about the future of their health insurance.
Even with a promised repeal of the health care act, the number of Georgians who had enrolled in health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period in December had increased by 1.9 percent compared to the same time the year before. Although Rep. Tom Price, President Donald Trump's nominee for head of the Department of Health and Human Services, is a Georgia congressman, health care for many even in Price's own district is a current uncertainty.
Under the Affordable Care Act, 13.9 percent of Georgians have still remained uninsured, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission, in part because of the state's refusal to expand Medicaid. The above map from the Atlanta Regional Commission shows rates of uninsured populations in Georgia by House District. The districts with the highest percentages of people without insurance, colored red on the map, are prevalent in rural districts as well as areas near Atlanta and Savannah. Many dark blue districts, representing those with the lowest rates of uninsured populations, border red districts – showing regions where neighboring districts can have very different health care experiences.
This story is part of a partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission.