Georgia’s outlook uncertain if replacement for Obamacare passes
How would the new health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans affect Georgia? Much of the impact has yet to be analyzed. Under many of the plan’s elements, though, the states would be treated similarly. One striking change nationwide would fulfill a longtime GOP campaign promise: The newly unveiled... Read more
Georgia insurance chief urges loosening of ACA rules on agents’ commissions
Georgia’s insurance commissioner has urged Tom Price, the new federal health secretary, to remove agents’ commissions from rules governing how insure companies spend the premium dollars they collect. The issue cited by Commissioner Ralph Hudgens in his letter to Price, a fellow Georgian, involves the “Medical Loss Ratio,” or... Read more
Protesters in Atlanta urge preservation of ACA
Vicki Hopper was uninsured before she got coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange in 2014. Right afterward, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. “I had the best treatment and best care,’’ says Hopper, now 58, of Roswell. “I’m cancer-free now.” The treatment cost roughly $500,000, she... Read more
Humana quitting Georgia exchange (and others) as feds plan rule changes
Humana’s planned pullout from Georgia’s insurance exchange at the end of 2017 would subtract yet another health insurer from the state’s marketplace. The company, based in Louisville, Ky., is one of just five insurers offering plans this year in the Georgia exchange, which was created by the Affordable Care... Read more
GHN sits down with lawmakers in TV forum
The GPB program “Lawmakers” last week featured Georgia Health News and three legislators discussing health care issues at the state Capitol and in Washington. Here’s a link to the video: http://www.gpb.org/lawmakers/ 2017/day-10 Read more

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