State’s uninsured rate dropped last year, but trend may not continue 
Georgia’s uninsured rate fell to 12.9 percent in 2016 from 13.9 percent the previous year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But the number and percentage of Georgians without health coverage remains among the highest in the nation. Its uninsured rate trails only Texas, Alaska and Oklahoma. Nationally, the... Read more
Premium increases for Georgia’s 2018 exchange may not be over
The four insurers offering coverage in Georgia’s insurance exchange next year are increasing their proposed rates beyond the big premium hikes that they first sought, state officials said Tuesday. The ever-increasing premiums proposed by insurers reflect the instability surrounding the insurance exchanges, which provide health plans for individuals and families... Read more
Community Health asks for extra millions for Medicaid
The state’s main health care agency is requesting an additional $36 million for the current fiscal year and an extra $203 million for fiscal 2019. The board of the state Department of Community Health on Thursday approved those funding requests, which would be added to the base agency budget... Read more
DeKalb Medical says several health systems open to a partnership
Three months after sending out invitations for potential partnerships, DeKalb Medical Center says it has received bids from several suitors. Cheryl Iverson, a DeKalb Medical vice president, did not identify the hospital systems making offers. “We had a very good response,’’   Iverson said late last week. The partnership... Read more
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

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