Medicaid expansion is a proven loser, so don’t fall for it
The chaos that continues to engulf the health care debate in Washington, D.C.. reaffirms the assertion that states must forge their own paths to protect the most vulnerable people in their communities. But too many states have turned to an expansion of Medicaid through Obamacare as a solution —... Read more
Premiums to edge up for state workers and teachers, with options unchanged
State employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan. The SHBP deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, and health plan options will remain the same as this year, the Georgia Department of Community Health said Thursday at an agency... Read more
Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018. The agreement was reached in negotiations with state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, after the insurer told the agency in... Read more
Health care ideas, questions multiply at state and federal levels
The roller coaster of uncertainty over federal health care legislation may have halted, at least for now. Last week’s defeat of Senate health legislation, though, has led to another round of instability, expected to rattle the health care industry over the next few months. While Republicans’ efforts to scrap... Read more
Senate rejects ‘skinny repeal’ of ACA as McCain casts decisive vote
In the end, the survival of the Affordable Care Act came down to the man who made a dramatic return to the Senate this week after undergoing brain surgery. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska early Friday... Read more

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