Hospitals relieved to see GOP health care bill withdrawn in Congress
The state’s hospital industry is breathing easier after U.S. House leaders pulled their health care proposal before a scheduled vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the GOP proposal to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was withdrawn because it did not have enough votes... Read more
Commentary: A state leader’s perspective on Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or more informally as Obamacare, has now been law for seven years. But with Republicans controlling the White House and Congress, a battle is under way to repeal it and substitute another health law. In a special commentary released to... Read more
Commentary: Keeping the ACA is better than the alternative
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday evening on legislation that begins the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill is supported by President Trump and congressional Republican leaders. Eliminating the ACA, though, is opposed by many organizations, large and small. Karuna... Read more
Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals
This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better. Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger. And a proposed tax credit upgrade for donors to rural hospitals, an idea... Read more
State shows improvement in health system scorecard
Georgia’s ranking on a health system scorecard has improved from 46th in the nation to 41st. The Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 scorecard ranked the 50 states and the District of Columbia on the most recent data available in five areas: health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, health... Read more

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