Commentary: Scrapping Obamacare is not the answer
The Affordable Care Act suffered a major setback this week with the defection of Aetna from a number of state insurance exchanges, including Georgia’s. But many people see the value of the health care law’s coverage for millions of previously uninsured Americans. In a new GHN Commentary, former health... Read more
Why I’m at odds with my party on health care
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin)   With a proven record of cutting waste and reducing spending, I am a fiscally conservative Republican, as well as a health care professional. But the Georgia GOP legislative leadership... Read more
Another big defection from Georgia insurance exchange
Aetna says it will pull out of the insurance exchange in Georgia and 10 other states in 2017, further limiting consumers’ choice of health plans here under the Affordable Care Act. The insurance giant is following on the heels of another major insurer, UnitedHealthcare, in dropping exchange coverage for... Read more
Teachers, state employees to see modest average premium hike
State employees, teachers and other people in Georgia’s employee benefit plan will face an average increase of 2.5 percent in their health insurance premiums starting in January. “We think that’s a very reasonable’’ average increase, considering the expected premium hikes in the general marketplace, said Commissioner Clyde Reese of... Read more
Piedmont renews insurance deal . . . with Blue Cross
Normally, a local hospital system signing a contract extension with an insurer isn’t a notable event. But when the deal involves Piedmont Healthcare, currently embroiled in a high-profile contract dispute with another health insurer, such a move gets noticed. Piedmont on Tuesday announced the contract agreement with Blue Cross... Read more

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