Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief
Insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner. Laws will face Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, in the November election. Both Laws and Beck won their party primaries easily on Tuesday, capturing around... Read more
New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians
A new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019. The Urban Institute policy brief, released Wednesday, is the latest to predict the effect of expansion on the state. Georgia is among 19 states that have not expanded... Read more
A political race that has big implications for health care 
Georgia’s high rate of people without health insurance. Soaring premiums for auto insurance. The potential for Medicaid expansion. Health care contract disputes. In what’s shaping up as a pivotal race for Georgia’s next insurance commissioner, many of the prominent issues are related to health care coverage. Three Republicans and... Read more
Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. And the increase may continue into next year. The Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday released a survey of working-age Americans that found that 15.5 percent were estimated to lack health insurance coverage as of February... Read more
Legislative twists: A standoff on nursing bill, and a boost for sports medicine center
A wild day in health care at the state Capitol on Tuesday began with a morning legislative hearing on something Democrats have sought for years: Medicaid expansion. No vote was taken on the expansion legislation, which was presented to the House Appropriations subcommittee on health. The day also included a health... Read more

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