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
WellCare picks new chief for its Georgia operation
WellCare announced Monday that Sonya Nelson is the new president of the health insurer’s Georgia operations. Tampa-based WellCare is the biggest of the three HMO-like Care Management Organizations (CMOs) currently serving the Medicaid and PeachCare populations in Georgia, with about 571,000 members. WellCare also has 40,000 Medicare Advantage plan... Read more
Governor hails passage of ‘provider fee’ to bolster Medicaid
Georgia lawmakers passed major health care legislation Friday, including a bill to plug a $900 million hole in the state Medicaid budget. The Georgia House voted 152-14 to approve the renewal of the hospital “provider fee” for another three years. Senate Bill 70, which passed the Senate last week,... 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: 2017/day-10 Read more
Senate OKs ‘provider fee’ to shore up Medicaid
The state Senate, as expected, approved the renewal of a hospital “provider fee’’ Thursday that will fill a $900 million hole in the Georgia Medicaid budget. Though the vote was 50-3, the debate beforehand became testy. Democrats called for the state to expand its Medicaid program, as 31 other... Read more

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