Letter to the Editor: Say ‘No’ to GOP health legislation
Dear Editor: I am writing to express my concern over the actions of Congress on health reform. Currently, the U.S. Senate is working behind closed doors to draft legislation that could change the future of health care in America. The U.S. House of Representatives’ approach to health reform led... Read more
State agency to monitor Blue Cross rule on ER use
The state insurance department says it will monitor the new emergency room policy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.” Blue Cross recently told policyholders that starting in July, it will stop covering ER... Read more
Kaiser Permanente again rated top plan in region
Kaiser Permanente of Georgia remains the highest-rated health plan in its region for the eighth straight year, according to the J.D. Power study of health plans in the United States. The ratings measure patient satisfaction from a survey completed by more than 33,000 members of 168 commercial health plans... Read more
For immigrant workers, corporate health plans can be an awkward fit
This is the ninth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication collaborated... Read more
Community Health board rejects loosening rules on surgery centers
A proposal to loosen Georgia rules on multispecialty surgery centers went nowhere in this year’s General Assembly session. The quest for such a change shifted on Thursday to a new venue – the state’s main health care agency. But the board of the state Department of Community Health, on... Read more

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