Political Notes – Insurers on the ACA exchange jack up rates by 50%-plus

[private]The insurance companies offering health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Georgia exchange are upping their premiums for next year by more than 50 percent.

The state insurance commissioner’s office gave its approval this week to the increases:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield — 57.5 percent.
  • Ambetter of Peach State — 51 percent.
  • Alliant Health Plans — 53.3 percent.
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan — 56.7 percent.

Premiums have skyrocketed in large part because of the uncertainty in Washington surrounding the future of the ACA. Although several attempts to repeal Obamacare have fallen short, Republicans say they will keep trying to kill it.

Donald Trump has also indicated that his administration will try to help the ACA implode of its own accord, mostly by not paying federal subsidies that help low-income consumers pay their insurance premiums.

For the past three years, roughly 500,000 Georgians have signed up for insurance coverage each year through the insurance exchange. That number may drop with the dramatic premium increases.

Mann out?

The Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, which oversees the conduct of law enforcement officials, voted Wednesday to revoke the certification of DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann.

Mann was arrested by Atlanta police in May at Piedmont Park, where he was accused of exposing his private parts and running from police. The sheriff later reached a plea agreement deal with prosecutors on the charges.

If the decision stands, Mann would no longer have law enforcement certification and would not be able to legally serve as sheriff.

Cagle’s team

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle released the names this week of his campaign team for his run for governor.

The key players include campaign manager Scott Binkley, communications advisor Brian Robinson (formerly the spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal), communications director Joseph Hendricks, field director Brian Harris, deputy field director Samantha Sheldon, and fundraisers Rebecca Cummiskey and Taylor Cheek.

“I’ve always said: In business, you find someone who’s proven they can do a job and can go out and do it again,” Cagle said. “I have assembled a group of professionals who are experienced veterans of Georgia political campaigns and who have proven they can give us the support we need to win this governor’s race.”

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