Rural hospital in east Georgia to close, citing economic pressures
Another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia. Jenkins (County) Medical Center in Millen will close in June, and its services will merge with a hospital in Sylvania in neighboring Screven County, the hospitals’ owner, Optim Health System, said Tuesday. The two hospitals are about 20 miles from... Read more
Georgia aims to avoid snags as it launches program for public benefits
Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits, with officials hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor. The new computer system, delivered by Deloitte Consulting, has a price tag... Read more
Celebration and frustration as legislative session closes
The final day of the Georgia General Assembly brought last-minute approval of some health care bills Thursday – along with disappointment over pieces of legislation that didn’t pass. The failures included the high-profile effort to halt “surprise’’ medical bills, and a proposal to require Georgia schools and day care... Read more
Nonprofit insurer CareSource jumping into Ga. Medicaid market
A new insurer in Georgia, CareSource, currently has zero enrollees. But starting July 1, it will suddenly have at least 200,000 people in its health plan here. That’s because CareSource has been promised a minimum of 200,000 Medicaid or PeachCare enrollees, as it joins three other health insurers delivering... Read more
Hospitals relieved to see GOP health care bill withdrawn in Congress
The state’s hospital industry is breathing easier after U.S. House leaders pulled their health care proposal before a scheduled vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the GOP proposal to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was withdrawn because it did not have enough votes... Read more

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