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
Blue Cross may bump up rates on Georgia insurance exchange
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia says it is reassessing the premium increases it has previously proposed for the state health insurance exchange, with an eye to revising them upward. This comes in the wake of Aetna’s pullout from the exchange here. Blue Cross, the state’s largest health... Read more
Commentary: Scrapping Obamacare is not the answer
The Affordable Care Act suffered a major setback this week with the defection of Aetna from a number of state insurance exchanges, including Georgia’s. But many people see the value of the health care law’s coverage for millions of previously uninsured Americans. In a new GHN Commentary, former health... Read more
Why I’m at odds with my party on health care
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” (James Baldwin)   With a proven record of cutting waste and reducing spending, I am a fiscally conservative Republican, as well as a health care professional. But the Georgia GOP legislative leadership... Read more

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