Premiums in employer plans still edging up, national survey finds 
Employer premiums for family health insurance rose by a modest 5 percent this year, a rate that still exceeds the increases in wages and inflation, a newly released survey says. Both employers and workers feel the impact of such increases, said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser... Read more
Georgia gets ‘D’ on handling mental health, addiction like other medical issues, report says
Georgia was graded “D’’ on ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment equal to that for physical illnesses, according to a report released Wednesday. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of a federal law on benefits signed by President George W. Bush. The Mental Health Parity and... Read more
Unusual but welcome: Two health insurers opt to cut exchange rates
Two of the four health insurers in the 2019 Georgia insurance exchange, in a surprising move, are set to make reductions in monthly premiums from the rates they offer this year. Such decreases in insurance rates rarely occur in health care. The overall premiums announced Thursday, as approved by the... Read more
Georgia Tech teams with ‘big data’ experts to study medical imaging
“Big data’’ health care analytics are the focus of a new program at Georgia Tech. Last week, the American College of Radiology’s Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute announced a five-year, $3 million research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology to establish the Health Economics and Analytics Lab... Read more
Strengthening the safety net: Grady brings mental health services into primary care
After her daughter’s death last year, Helen Dennard says, “I went over the edge.’’ It followed other deaths in her family in recent years. Dennard, an Atlanta resident, found herself angry and depressed by the time she went to her regular Grady Health System physician for a checkup. “I... Read more

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