Data breach affects thousands in Georgia Medicaid, PeachCare
A health insurer’s data breach has affected 148,334 Georgians on Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, state officials say. That total includes current and former Medicaid and PeachCare members from 2009 to 2015. The breach occurred when health insurer Centene lost computer hard drives containing about 950,000 individuals’ personal data,... Read more
Rural hospital crisis crosses borders
A rural hospital announces that it’s closing its doors after steep financial losses. Employees will be laid off. Patients will have to travel farther to get hospital care. Democrats blame the fact that the Republican governor and state lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.... Read more
Legislative panel reflects divide on Medicaid expansion
A bipartisan panel of state lawmakers voiced agreement Thursday on at least a couple of health care issues. Support for a higher cigarette tax, and for the emerging trend of ambulance crews treating people in their homes rather than in ERs were two areas of general unanimity on the... Read more
Deal says health care costs need tight rein
Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that health care spending continues to burden Georgia’s budget, and he signaled that his longtime opposition to expanding the state’s Medicaid program has not changed. His comments in the State of the State address contrasted with the actions of some fellow governors, who recently... Read more
Georgia’s low health ranking sinks even lower
Georgia’s ranking on a health system score card has slipped to 46th in the nation. The Commonwealth Fund’s 2015 score card, which ranked the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, was released Wednesday. It noted that Georgia had improved on 11 measures, including having more children and adults with insurance,... Read more

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