Gwinnett-Northside deal finally completed, needs state approval
Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System said Thursday that they have reached a merger agreement, and have submitted that plan to the state attorney general for approval. The deal originally had been projected to have a closing date of early 2016, and the unusually long delay puzzled many health care experts.... Read more
Premiums to edge up for state workers and teachers, with options unchanged
State employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan. The SHBP deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and health plan options will remain the same as this year, the Georgia Department of Community Health said Thursday at an agency... Read more
Health care ideas, questions multiply at state and federal levels
The roller coaster of uncertainty over federal health care legislation may have halted, at least for now. Last week’s defeat of Senate health legislation, though, has led to another round of instability, expected to rattle the health care industry over the next few months. While Republicans’ efforts to scrap... Read more
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

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