Sponsor of rural hospital donor law seeks to expand tax credit
The lawmaker who created Georgia’s new tax credit program for rural hospitals wants to boost the incentives for donors. State Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, has introduced a House bill that would raise the tax credit from 70 percent to 90 percent for individuals and corporations who donate... Read more
Deal speech targets health services for the vulnerable
Gov. Nathan Deal, in his annual State of the State address Wednesday, outlined several health care initiatives to boost mental health services, DFCS, Medicaid and autism coverage. Deal said his fiscal 2018 budget proposal includes, on average, a 19 percent pay raise for DFCS caseworkers to help ensure “a... Read more
ACA, under the gun, still fares well in polls
Two recent polls on the Affordable Care Act and its provisions show there’s considerable support for at least parts of the 2010 health care law. A Kaiser Family Foundation survey, released Friday, found that just one in five Americans support repealing the ACA without having a replacement plan approved.... Read more
State admits to slow pace in addressing nursing home complaints
Georgia is dealing with a large backlog of complaints about nursing homes, and also has a substantial vacancy rate in surveyors who check conditions in these facilities, a state health agency said Tuesday. The complaint situation has helped lead to “a mess’’ with federal health officials, Frank Berry, commissioner... Read more
The human face — and the uncertain politics — of Medicaid expansion
Kay Rogers had been a bus driver in Georgia for several years when she had a heart attack in 2012. She was suffering from congestive heart failure, a chronic illness that meant eventually she couldn’t keep working the same number of hours. She was terminated from her job. Unemployed,... Read more

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