Poor adults’ health needs addressed better with Medicaid expansion, federal report says
Low-income adults in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are more likely to have unmet medical needs than the poor in states that expanded the government-run program, a federal report says. The report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Monday, based its estimates from a 2016 national survey. An... Read more
Premiums in employer plans still edging up, national survey finds 
Employer premiums for family health insurance rose by a modest 5 percent this year, a rate that still exceeds the increases in wages and inflation, a newly released survey says. Both employers and workers feel the impact of such increases, said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser... Read more
Georgia gets ‘D’ on handling mental health, addiction like other medical issues, report says
Georgia was graded “D’’ on ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment equal to that for physical illnesses, according to a report released Wednesday. The announcement comes on the 10th anniversary of a federal law on benefits signed by President George W. Bush. The Mental Health Parity and... Read more
Kaiser again rated top health plan in Georgia
Kaiser Permanente has again been rated the top commercial health plan in Georgia by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It’s the 14th straight year for Kaiser to lead the NCQA commercial plan ratings. Health plans were rated on a 1-to-5 scale, with 5 being the best. The nonprofit Kaiser... Read more
Medicaid expansion would benefit rural areas the most, report says
The potential impact from Medicaid expansion would be bigger in rural Georgia than in urban areas of the state, according to a new report released Tuesday. Medicaid expansion would benefit low-income people across the state, said the report, by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and the University... Read more

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