Narrow networks may leave some patients without care they counted on
It was July when everything started to go haywire, and Katie Ball was fed up. An angry rash had been creeping across her torso for the past two months, and now her face was breaking out in boils. The burning pain in her lower right side had become a... Read more
Commentary: A less wasteful way to make care available
The affordability of health care became a headline issue again this week, with the spike in Obamacare premiums reported for next year. Georgia also has significant health care access issues, with rural hospital closures and doctor shortages. The solution to these problems isn’t in Medicaid expansion — or in... Read more
How to reduce high costs and wasteful spending in health care
It’s been a rough time for health care. Sixteen of the 23 federally funded, not-for-profit Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (co-ops) have now failed. Humana reduced its Georgia coverage area and Cigna, UnitedHealthcare and Aetna have completely pulled out of Georgia’s federally managed insurance exchange. Most premium rate increase requests... Read more
Task force unveils options to cover uninsured in Georgia
A widely anticipated plan to reduce the number of Georgians without health coverage, unveiled Wednesday, takes a unique, conservative approach to Medicaid expansion. The plan, created by a health care task force, contains three proposals with differing eligibility standards and designs. The group’s leaders said Wednesday that they hope... Read more
Rise in Medicaid rolls has continuing impact on state budget
Continued growth in Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment accounts for much of the state budget increases that the Department of Community Health is seeking both for fiscal 2017 and 2018. In addition, the agency said Thursday that it’s starting a payment system next July that will penalize health insurers for not meeting medical... Read more

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