Kaiser continues winning streak in ratings of health plans
For the 12th straight year, Kaiser Permanente is Georgia’s top-rated commercial health plan, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The NCQA ratings gave Kaiser 4.5 out of a possible 5.0 for its commercial health plan, and 5 of 5 for its Medicare plan. NCQA is an accrediting... Read more
Georgia again ranks high in rate of uninsured
Georgia’s uninsured rate of 13.9 percent in 2015 was the nation’s third-highest, trailing only Texas and Alaska, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Tuesday. The rate in Georgia fell from 15.8 percent the previous year. The number of Georgians without health insurance, 1,388,000, was the fourth-highest total in... 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
Piedmont, United settle dispute, OK new contract
Almost two months after their contract expired, Piedmont Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare reached agreement early Saturday morning on a new deal. Under the new three-year contract, tens of thousands of Georgians who are United members will regain access to Piedmont’s array of hospitals and physicians without facing out-of-network charges. The agreement... Read more
State accepts new hike in Blue Cross exchange premiums
The state insurance department Tuesday approved an average premium increase of 21.4 percent for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia for the 2017 health insurance exchange in Georgia. The company earlier had requested an average premium of 15.1 percent, but it raised the request in the wake of... Read more

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