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The Georgia SecureCare Program: Estimated Cost and Coverage Impacts

By: The Lewin Group, Inc.
Authors: John Sheils et al.
Published: October 21, 2003
Financed by: A grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation, for Georgians For A Common Sense Health Plan.
Legislation analyzed: Georgia SecureCare proposal.


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Summary

We estimate that total health spending for Georgia residents under the current system will be
about $37.2 billion in 2003. This includes spending for benefits and administration currently
covered by all payers including governments, employers and households. Our analysis
indicates that the SecureCare program would achieve universal coverage while actually
reducing total health spending for Georgia by about $716 million (Figure ES-1). The primary
source of these savings would be reductions in the cost of administering various health
insurance programs, and savings though bulk purchasing.


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