Study says United exit will hurt some exchange enrollees
Thirty of Georgia’s 159 counties will be left with just one insurer in the state insurance exchange when UnitedHealthcare exits the exchange next year, a new study says. Another 47 Georgia counties will go from having three exchange insurers to two, according to the study, released Monday by the... Read more
United quitting Georgia exchange for next year
UnitedHealthcare will not offer any health plans on Georgia’s insurance exchange in 2017, state officials say. The giant Minnesota-based health insurer also said this week that it will pull out of Arkansas’ exchange for next year. The insurer, whose parent company is UnitedHealth Group, could not be immediately reached... Read more
The hospital combination game: Two examples in Georgia
The two deals are very different in size and other details, but the Georgia hospital combinations announced last week reflect the fast pace of such partnerships between sometimes distant health systems. WellStar Health System announced Friday that it had just added five Tenet Healthcare hospitals in the Atlanta region,... Read more
Feds: Medicaid expansion would help thousands of mental health, drug patients
Expanding the state’s Medicaid program could bring tens of thousands of low-income Georgia into treatment for mental health and substance use problems, federal officials said Monday. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report said 159,000 uninsured Georgians with mental illness or a substance use disorder had incomes... Read more
A small, surprising step toward a big change in health coverage?
The bill may not get very far this year, with time running out in the General Assembly session and without the fiscal impact yet studied. But a Senate health committee broke new ground Wednesday by holding a legislative hearing on a proposal, Senate Bill 368, that would create a... Read more

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