Cindy Zeldin | WABE 90.1 FM

Cindy Zeldin

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is proposing an average increase of 40 percent to insurance premiums on the individual marketplace next year through the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rate hikes come as Congress continues to debate health care.

Like us on Facebook

''Save My Care'' is a national, two month, cross-country bus tour protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It stopped in front of the Georgia Capitol on Feb. 20, 2017.
Al Such / WABE

Keeping the Affordable Care Act was the focus of a rally in Atlanta Monday that drew more than 200 people to Liberty Plaza in front of the state Capitol.

Like us on Facebook

It was part of “Save My Care," a national, two month, cross-country bus tour protesting the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

At the rally, Georgia residents shared stories of near-death experiences and surviving cancer.

Closer Look: 'The Bridge'; Agricultural Jobs; And More

Jul 26, 2016
Courtesy of Nicky Northern

Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released figures that show Georgia remains among the worst in the country in health insurance coverage.

According to the new data, Georgia ranks in the bottom five nationally. In 2010, the most recent year available, there were 1.8 million Georgians without health - about a 22 percent uninsured rate.

Patient advocates concerned with access to care say factors include a stubbornly high-unemployment rate and one of the stingiest Medicaid programs in the country.

President Obama’s signature health reform law was upheld today, but a big question remains over the accompanying Medicaid expansion.

In all, about half of the people expected to gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act will gain it through an expansion of Medicaid, the healthcare program for children and the poor.

However, the court decision effectively gives Georgia the ability to opt out of the expansion.