Nationally, health care prices all over the map
A new study shows a wide variation in health care prices between states – and often between cities in the same state. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Health Affairs, found that Georgia health care prices for the privately insured are below the national average. Some states, meanwhile,... Read more
Study says United exit will hurt some exchange enrollees
Thirty of Georgia’s 159 counties will be left with just one insurer in the state insurance exchange when UnitedHealthcare exits the exchange next year, a new study says. Another 47 Georgia counties will go from having three exchange insurers to two, according to the study, released Monday by the... Read more
Commentary: Insurance deals pose major threat
At a minimum, two pending mergers of giant insurance companies will shake up Georgia’s health care marketplace. Proponents of the deals say the effect will be beneficial. But the Medical Association of Georgia says the mergers will be “disastrous’’ for the state, raising prices and lowering consumer choice. If... Read more
Insurance mergers would be terrible for Georgia
The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) believes the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers would have disastrous results for patients and physicians in this state. The new companies would control nearly 90 percent of the individual health insurance market in Georgia – the kind of monopoly that undermines our free... Read more
Regulators scrutinizing more nursing homes in New Beginnings probe
More Georgia facilities run by a financially troubled nursing home operator are under federal and state regulatory scrutiny, a state health care agency said Thursday. Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, made the disclosure during an interview with GHN. He did not specify the number or... Read more

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