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
Georgia has fewer uninsured kids as ACA takes hold
The number of uninsured Georgia children fell by more than 50,000 in 2014, the first year of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report found. That drop of 53,000 was the fourth-biggest decline in the United States. Yet it left Georgia still having 210,000 kids without coverage,... Read more
ACA enrollment tops 587,000 in Ga., but insurers nervous over signup rules
More than 580,000 Georgians signed up for coverage in the insurance exchange during the third open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, federal health officials said Thursday. The total of 587,845 during the signup period, which ended Jan. 31, was a 9 percent increase over last year’s Georgia total... Read more

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