Employer plans’ premiums much more stable than ACA exchange plans
The combined cost of premiums and deductibles for a Georgia family with employer-based insurance, on average, took up 11.6 percent of their income last year, a new report released Wednesday shows. Those family expenditures were higher than the national average of 10.1 percent, said the Commonwealth Fund report. The study... Read more
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
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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