Many Georgia doctors are dissatisfied, survey shows
Georgia’s physicians are slightly more pessimistic about the future of medicine than their counterparts nationally, a recent survey found. Two of three Georgia doctors — 66.8 percent — said they were somewhat negative/pessimistic or very negative/pessimistic about medicine’s future, versus 62.8 percent of doctors  nationally, according to a survey... Read more
Lawmakers begin looking at alternatives to standard Medicaid expansion
A legislative panel heard testimony Wednesday on ideas for reducing the high number of uninsured people in Georgia through alternatives to a standard Medicaid expansion. The Senate study committee focused on a variation of expansion that Arkansas and other states have launched. Under this “premium assistance,’’ a state would... Read more
Harken Health leaving Georgia exchange
Another insurer is pulling out of Georgia’s health insurance exchange in 2017, leaving the state with just five companies offering coverage. While it continues an unwelcome trend, the exit of Harken Health, an independent subsidiary of UnitedHealthcare, is not expected to have much effect on the stability of the... Read more
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

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