Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief
Insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner. Laws will face Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, in the November election. Both Laws and Beck won their party primaries easily on Tuesday, capturing around... Read more
A political race that has big implications for health care 
Georgia’s high rate of people without health insurance. Soaring premiums for auto insurance. The potential for Medicaid expansion. Health care contract disputes. In what’s shaping up as a pivotal race for Georgia’s next insurance commissioner, many of the prominent issues are related to health care coverage. Three Republicans and... Read more
Facing heat from governor, Blue Cross and Piedmont settle dispute
The pressure from Gov. Nathan Deal evidently worked. Deal announced Tuesday afternoon that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare had reached a “handshake” agreement on a new contract. The accord thus met his deadline of close of business Tuesday, after which the state would have been forced, in... Read more
Deal tells health care giants to settle dispute or face state ‘action’
Gov. Nathan Deal has given Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia a deadline to resolve their contract dispute. Deal said in a tweet Monday morning that he has asked the two sides to come to an agreement by close of business Tuesday, or else the state “will be... Read more
Gov. Deal sets meeting with Blue Cross, Piedmont as contract obstacles remain
State health officials said Thursday that they believe Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and Piedmont Healthcare — which are deadlocked without a new contract — have moved closer to agreement on reimbursement rates. But Department of Community Health leaders say other issues have emerged as important obstacles to striking... Read more

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