Spirit of cooperation boosts health care improvement bills
Separate bills seeking to improve Georgia health care cruised through legislative panel hearings Thursday, with the sponsors working together to head off any possible conflicts on details that might prevent approval. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved a House bill focused on boosting rural health care... Read more
Bigger allowance urged for nursing home residents in Georgia
“Fifty dollars just doesn’t go far,’’ Bryant Kimbrell says. Kimbrell, 67, is referring to the amount of money that a nursing home resident on Medicaid now gets every month as a personal needs allowance. A resident of a nursing home in Sylvester, in South Georgia, Kimbrell says he supports... Read more
The attestation albatross: Some doctors lose Medicaid funds due to ‘bizarre’ pay problem
Dr. Patrick Pulliam, a Stockbridge pediatrician, moved to a new, bigger medical office last year. The new site is in the same town as the old one, and in fact the two locations are only a half-mile apart. But the switch is costing Pulliam money. He’s getting paid substantially... Read more
Expanding coverage not part of GOP leaders’ legislative agenda
From a legislative standpoint, the chances of a broad increase of health insurance coverage look pretty dim this year in Georgia. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday told reporters that he is opposed to expanding Medicaid in Georgia. “Big government won’t improve our health care system,’’ Cagle said at... Read more
Commentary: Expand coverage, but don’t tie it to employment
After years of Georgia rejecting expansion of Medicaid, there has been increasing political talk about the state pursuing a federal waiver to give health insurance to more people. At the same time, though, requiring that Medicaid beneficiaries work to retain their coverage has picked up momentum nationally, with the... Read more

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