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In 2016, conservatives led their siege on Capitol Hill with the mantra of “repeal and replace,” promising to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as soon as they took power. While not completely undone, severe blows have been dealt to President Obama’s principal legislation, angering the Democratic Party. There is no debating the importance of healthcare in today’s politics; this election cycle is no different.

As November approaches, the left is seizing the opportunity to scrutinize the federal government’s recent actions. Take Aftab Pureval, Democratic US House candidate for Ohio’s First District, who aimed the barrel right at Republican incumbent…


By: Aditya Krishnaswamy, Karan Pol, and Anita Qualls

Thesis:

Enabling officers to effectively respond to mental health crises, the Georgia General Assembly should mandate Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for all law enforcement officers prior to certification.

Background Analysis:

One quarter of all police shootings in 2015 involved encounters with mentally-ill individuals who are sixteen times more likely to be killed than those without mental illness.[i],[ii]The shooting of Georgia Institute of Technology student Scout Schultz by campus police demonstrates that this dynamic rings true in the state of Georgia.[iii]Poor …


By: Aditya Krishnaswamy and Jessica Ma

Thesis

The Georgia Department of Education should amend its performance standards for high school health education to include material on health insurance enrollment, costs, and options, providing students with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to make informed decisions.

Background & Analysis

As defined by the American Institutes of Research, health insurance literacy measures an individual’s capacity to understand, evaluate, select, and utilize health insurance plans.[1]Fifty-one percent of American consumers do not understand at least one basic health insurance term, while 42 percent are unlikely to check the details of a health insurance plan before…


By Aditya Krishnaswamy, Rhonda Rogombe, and Madeline Twomey

See also: Interactive: State Actions Taken to Combat Federal ACA Sabotage” by Aditya Krishnaswamy, Rhonda Rogombe, Madeline Twomey, and Mathew Brady

The Trump administration, with help from its Republican allies in Congress, has worked tirelessly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. The administration has eliminated the individual mandate penalty; expanded access to short-term junk plans and association health plans; and halted cost-sharing reduction payments. …


Efforts to Undo Pre-Existing Condition Protections Put Millions of Women and Girls at Risk

By Theresa Chalhoub, Aditya Krishnaswamy, and the National Partnership for Women & Families

To download the tables with the estimated number of women and girls with pre-existing conditions and estimated number of pregnancies by state, click here.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discriminatory insurance practices in pricing and coverage in the individual market. Before the law was enacted, women routinely were denied coverage or charged more for insurance based on so-called pre-existing conditions. For example, in the individual insurance market, a woman could be denied coverage or charged a higher premium if she had been diagnosed with or experienced…


By: Emily Gee and Aditya Krishnaswamy

To download the tables with the estimated premium increases attributable to ACA sabotage by congressional district, click here.**

Over the past two years, the Trump administration has worked tirelessly to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The U.S. Congress’ repeal of the individual mandate penalty and the Trump administration’s actions to expand the availability of skimpy short-term plans are raising premiums for middle-class families. …


Health insurance literacy plays a significant role in an individual’s ability to obtain health insurance and receive appropriate medical care. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of U.S. healthcare policy, health insurance will continue to play a crucial role in Americans’ well-being. The Georgia Department of Education should accept the proposed revision to the health education curriculum, in efforts to increase health insurance literacy at the high school level. Annual training and individual discretion will allow instructors to stay up-to-date on insurance policies and provide students with accurate information, ensuring the continuation of health insurance literacy education in the face of political shifts.


Derived from the policy analyses in previous sections, the status quo and policy alternative were evaluated on various criteria. In Figure 2, both policy options are scored on these criteria. Based on the overall scores, the policy alternative was more favorable than the status quo.

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Figure 2: Policy Evaluation Matrix

The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) should amend its performance standards for high school health education to include material on health insurance enrollment, costs, and options, providing students with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to make future insurance decisions.

This is a state-level administrative policy, as GADOE is responsible for developing Georgia’s education curricula and working with local boards of education on enforcement (GADOE, 2016). GADOE’s Division of Curriculum and Instruction has unilateral power to modify standards without legislation, shielding it from political obstacles in the Georgia General Assembly (2016). GADOE is responsible for working with local boards of education…


The uninsured rate in Georgia is an issue with bipartisan support among Georgia legislators. Given the recent political climate centered around health care reform, pre-existing momentum exists to help garner support and energy behind the proposed policy intervention.

Despite recent efforts by the federal government, the ACA remains in effect. The individual mandate within ACA requires most citizens to obtain health insurance, so there is a need for accurate and ability to navigate the complex health insurance systems. Although the new tax reform bill could eliminate the individual mandate, the need for insurance and health literacy should remain constant, if…

Aditya Krishnaswamy

University of Georgia Class of 2020

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