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
Say ‘yes’ to expanded coverage, ‘no’ to work requirements
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle drew attention to the growing chorus of state leaders calling for expanded access to health care in Georgia when he released a statement last week outlining his perspective on a possible state Medicaid waiver. By refusing to expand Medicaid, Georgia’s leaders have for years let the federal... Read more
Nursing home infections: Many facilities have problems, report says
An analysis of federal inspection records has found that 43 percent of Georgia nursing homes have been cited for infection-related problems in recent years. That percentage, though, is one of the lowest among the states, the Kaiser Health News study found. The KHN analysis of four years of federal... Read more
Health care to get attention in Legislature, Ralston says
Georgia legislative sessions during election years tend to be quick and fairly quiet, without a lot of “heavy-lift” proposals being passed. The 2018 General Assembly session may follow that trend. Still, House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) addressed several health care issues Thursday that may at least draw interest during the... Read more
Major pillar of ACA receives death blow from lawmakers
Congressional attempts to “repeal and replace’’ the Affordable Care Act met with failure after failure this year. But early Wednesday, Senate Republicans passed a bill that would abolish a central tenet of the ACA: the individual mandate for Americans to have health coverage or face a tax penalty. The mandate... Read more

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