Consumer advocate seeks to become insurance commissioner
A leading consumer health care advocate has jumped into the race to succeed Ralph Hudgens as Georgia’s insurance commissioner. Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, announced Tuesday that she plans to run for the commissioner position. Her announcement came a day after Hudgens said he would not... Read more
State insurance chief Hudgens won’t run for re-election in 2018
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday that he will not seek re-election next year. Hudgens, who is 74 and in his second term, said in a statement that he made the decision “after much thought, prayer, and discussion with my family.” “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity that the... Read more
Medicaid adjustment benefit? Bill could give break to Georgia
Tucked inside the U.S. Senate health care bill is a little-discussed provision that could benefit Georgia, according to a conservative organization. The overall Senate legislation continues to be in flux as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) searches for votes to pass it. Still, the current Senate version – like the House... Read more
Blue Cross, other insurers seeking big premium hikes
Georgia’s largest health insurer is requesting an average premium increase of 40 percent for individual coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is the only health insurer scheduled to deliver a product in all 159 Georgia counties in the... Read more
Bereaved parents join appeal to fight opioids
Five weeks ago, Kathi Abraham and Lisa Manning each lost their sons on the same day to a suspected opioid overdose. The two victims lived in the same Lawrenceville neighborhood. They knew each other, Abraham says, but apparently were not together that day. Both Joseph Abraham, 19, and Dustin... Read more

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