Extension of hospital provider fee advancing swiftly through House
In a normal year for health care legislation, House Bill 321 would have attracted a ton of attention at the state Capitol. But with bills to provide a Medicaid waiver and to reform the state’s health care regulatory structure already drawing an intense spotlight, legislation to extend the hospital... Read more
Senate panel backs waiver bill to insure more Georgians
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation Tuesday to allow Gov. Brian Kemp to pursue health care waivers from the federal government. The panel’s 9-4 vote came after Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson (D-Stone Mountain) sought to open up the bill’s Medicaid waiver request to cover more... Read more
Commentary: Scrapping CON rules would benefit Georgia patients
The Georgia General Assembly is again wrestling with certificate-of-need (CON) legislation. Bills in past years have called for incremental changes in CON, the system that regulates the state’s health care industry, but the latest proposals aim for a major overhaul. As in past years, hospital groups are generally fighting... Read more
Clash over CON bill turns testy under Gold Dome
House Bill 198 will damage the state’s health care system. House Bill 198 will improve access to quality medical services. Those diametrically opposed views resounded during a passionate, occasionally testy three-hour legislative hearing Thursday on the high-profile bill, which would revamp the state’s health care regulatory system. The newly... Read more
House panel backs curbs on ‘step therapy’ rules for medications
When Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 4, he was put on medications that failed to help him. He suffered continual vomiting and severe stomach cramps. Then they found a medication that worked. Brannen’s symptoms went away. But after six months, says his mother, Melissa Whirledge,... Read more

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