Major hospital partnership in the works in Middle Georgia
The hospital combination game has taken a second turn in less than a week, this time involving two Middle Georgia systems. Navicent Health, based in Macon, said Thursday that it’s exploring a partnership with Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins. The news from Middle Georgia follows an announcement Tuesday in metro Atlanta that Emory... Read more
Zero-premium plans — an odd twist in a turbulent market
Free health insurance? The idea seems like a relic from decades ago, when health care was relatively cheap and big corporations offered rich health benefits to employees. But reports say that for 2018 coverage, there is an increased availability of zero-premium health plans nationally in the insurance exchanges created by... Read more
ACA exchange enrollment shows surprising early pace
More than 600,000 Americans signed up for coverage in the first four days of Open Enrollment for the health insurance exchanges, federal health officials said Thursday. That national average of 150,000 a day is higher than the 84,000 people a day who signed up during a 12-day initial enrollment period... Read more
Health care ‘waivers’ get new attention in Georgia, Washington
Is a new wave of health care “waivers’’ coming? Georgia and many other states may seek federal approval soon to make changes to their health care programs through waiver requests, lawmakers and experts say. Opening the door Tuesday to one particular waiver idea was the head of the federal Centers for... Read more
Survey finds Georgia employers have health costs below average
Georgia employers’ health care costs are lower than the national average, a recent survey has found. And the survey — done by New York-based Mercer, the world’s largest human resources consulting company — finds that employers in the Peach State offer what are called “consumer-driven health plans’’ at a... Read more

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