Health care ‘waivers’ get new attention in Georgia, Washington
Is a new wave of health care “waivers’’ coming? Georgia and many other states may seek federal approval soon to make changes to their health care programs through waiver requests, lawmakers and experts say. Opening the door Tuesday to one particular waiver idea was the head of the federal Centers for... Read more
GHN update: How a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son
A single mom and her medically fragile son recently moved from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. The medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid have made the move worthwhile. “It’s like night and day,’’ Sarah Allen, the mother, said Monday of the coverage options in... Read more
Audit at Community Health indicates risky data policies in Medicaid
Auditors have found that Georgia’s Department of Community Health “exposes itself to unnecessary risk of error, misuse, fraud or loss of data’’ that could significantly affect the reliability of claims and payment processing of Medicaid benefits. The audit findings were reported in a document at the DCH board’s September Audit Committee... Read more
Group of state Medicaid chiefs clarifies stand against GOP bill
The National Association of Medicaid Directors emphasized Monday that its attention-getting opposition to the Graham-Cassidy health reform legislation was a consensus view of the board, and not a unanimous decision by all Medicaid directors. The legislation pending in the U.S. Senate would overturn much of the Affordable Care Act, including states’ expansion... Read more
A hospital crisis is killing rural communities. This state is ‘Ground Zero’
Special Report: Inside three Georgia counties that have struggled to keep their vulnerable hospitals ― and futures  ― alive This article was produced through a partnership between Georgia Health News and HuffPost. It was written by HuffPost reporter Lauren Weber and GHN editor and CEO Andy Miller. GLENWOOD ―... Read more

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