Statewide strategy? Piedmont, Columbus Regional OK partnership
Piedmont Healthcare is continuing its hospital expansion push with an agreement to partner with a large Columbus system. The deal, announced Thursday, would bring Atlanta-based Piedmont’s hospital total to 10. Columbus Regional Health operates two hospitals in the city: Midtown Medical and Northside Medical. The announcement comes just a month... Read more
Georgia ‘silver’ coverage shows higher increase than U.S. average
Georgia’s average premium for the “silver’’ plans in the insurance exchange will rise by 48 percent for 2018, higher than the average increase nationally, a consulting firm reported Wednesday. The analysis from Avalere found that premiums will increase by an average of 34 percent nationwide for silver plans, the most... Read more
Commentary: To fight addiction, reduce the role of opioids
This week, President Trump is expected to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. The crisis has hit Georgia hard. More than 1,000 Georgians died in 2015 from overdosing on drugs such as hydrocodone, codeine, fentanyl, Vicodin, morphine and street drugs like heroin — a 200 percent increase since... Read more
What consumers need to know about enrollment for ACA exchange
Confused about the fate of “repeal and replace,” about big premium hikes, about “insurer bailouts’’’ being eliminated? The political roller coaster that the Affordable Care Act has been riding may have left you wondering what is still standing in terms of the 2010 health law. Actually, much remains the... Read more
‘Catastrophic’ policies part of sweeteners in latest health care bill
For most people, the biggest attraction in the bipartisan health care bill in the Senate is the renewal of federal cost-sharing payments to insurers, which President Trump recently cut off. Approval could help stabilize the exchange markets now jolted by impending price hikes. But individuals ages 30 to 64... Read more

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