Patients ‘frustrated’ as WellStar, Anthem near end of contract
The vast majority of contract disputes between health insurers and hospital systems get settled before the existing deal lapses. The agreement comes sometimes within hours of the deadline. One notable exception occurred last year, when Piedmont Healthcare’s contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia expired without a... Read more
‘Waiver’ on the way? Kemp signals a plan to increase coverage
It looks as though Gov. Brian Kemp will indeed pursue a Medicaid “waiver’’ proposal to expand health coverage in Georgia. Kemp, in his State of the State speech Thursday — three days after he was sworn in as Georgia’s new chief executive — said he will seek “to expand... Read more
Exchange enrollment extended in counties ravaged by hurricane
Federal health officials have extended the enrollment deadline for people in South Georgia affected by Hurricane Michael. They can enroll in the Affordable Care Act exchange till Feb. 20. Floridians affected by the storm also have an extended sign-up period. The national deadline was Dec. 15 to enroll in... Read more
With late spurt, exchange enrollment almost catches up to last year’s total
After an “avalanche’’ of sign-ups in the past week, Georgia’s final enrollment in the health insurance exchange reached close to last year’s figure. The number of late sign-ups was a surprise because enrollment had been lagging significantly just a few days ago. Federal health officials announced that the preliminary... Read more
Is Obamacare at risk? Texas court ruling on ACA sparks concern
The Affordable Care Act has withstood dozens of repeal attempts in Congress and two strong Supreme Court challenges. Now the 2010 health law, also known as Obamacare, will have to survive another major test. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas struck down the ACA as unconstitutional, siding with... Read more

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