Harold Weber is what’s known as a navigator.
He has been helping people choose the right health insurance plan since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Working out of the Athens Neighborhood Health Center, he estimates that he has steered about 1,400 people through the complexities of the federal health insurance exchange for Georgia.
Today, as congressional Republicans look to repeal the 2010 health care law and replace with it a different plan, Weber and other navigators wonder if they’ll have jobs a year from now.
Weber advises all comers at a federally qualified health center (FQHC), a clinic tasked ...
Another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia.
Jenkins (County) Medical Center in Millen will close in June, and its services will merge with a hospital in Sylvania in neighboring Screven County, the hospitals’ owner, Optim Health System, said Tuesday.
The two hospitals are about 20 miles from each other in east Georgia, roughly midway between Augusta to the north and Savannah to the south.
Optim, in a news release about the decision to shut down the facility, cited “the impact of costly needed infrastructure upgrades at the Jenkins Medical Center, cuts in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursements, and a decrease in patient activity to ...
For many rural hospitals in Georgia, the threat of closure is constant. The state has one of the highest closure rates for hospitals in the nation, and those numbers do not show any sign of slowing.
Policymakers, medical professionals and those interested in rural health care converged at a symposium at the University of Georgia School of Law last week to discuss the unique challenges of rural medicine.
The standard definition of a rural county is one whose population is under 35,000, though legislation at the Georgia General Assembly recently revised that criterion, including any county with a population under 50,000 residents. ...
HCA has agreed to acquire Memorial Health’s financially struggling hospital in Savannah in a $710 million deal.
The agreement, announced Wednesday night, would provide much-needed cash infusion for Memorial University Medical Center, a large safety-net hospital that has been looking for a partner.
The deal would also vault HCA, a national for-profit hospital chain, into a stronger position in Georgia. The Nashville-based company already operates seven hospitals in the Peach State. But none is a big safety-net hospital such as Memorial.
The Memorial Health board unanimously agreed to a proposal from HCA to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of ...