ACA enrollment tops 587,000 in Ga., but insurers nervous over signup rules
More than 580,000 Georgians signed up for coverage in the insurance exchange during the third open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, federal health officials said Thursday. The total of 587,845 during the signup period, which ended Jan. 31, was a 9 percent increase over last year’s Georgia total... Read more
Lung Association flunks state on tobacco control
Georgia received three F’s and one C in the latest American Lung Association assessment of states’ tobacco control efforts, released this week. The 2016 Georgia grades, the same as last year, reflect inadequate funding for anti-smoking initiatives, the report says. Most other states also received an “F” on three... Read more
2 hospital organizations see credit ratings fall
Two Georgia hospital organizations recently received a credit downgrade from Standard & Poor’s. But the financial outlooks for the two are very different going forward, the ratings agency said. While WellStar Health System, in the midst of an acquisition drive, still shows considerable financial strength, the situation at Oconee... Read more
Exchange enrollment shows strong Atlanta area numbers
Georgia’s exchange sign-ups have nearly equaled last year’s open enrollment total, with the deadline more than a week away. Federal health officials reported that as of Jan. 16, 535,918 Georgians have signed up for health insurance through the exchange or were automatically renewed for coverage in 2016. A year... Read more
Piedmont plans to expand presence in mountains as Ellijay hospital downsizes
The owner of North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay plans to close the hospital’s inpatient services and lease its emergency room and medical offices to Piedmont Healthcare. Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, about 20 miles away, would take over operation of the Ellijay hospital’s ER, doctors’ offices and imaging... Read more

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