Health plans for many Medicaid recipients about to change
Tens of thousands of Georgia Medicaid beneficiaries are set to switch health plans over the weekend in an unprecedented shift in enrollment for the government program. July 1, which falls this Saturday, will mark the planned move of more than 200,000 enrollees to an Ohio-based “care management organization,’’ CareSource.... Read more
Medicaid recipients with disabilities face funding cuts under GOP bills
The potential cuts in the Medicaid program, as outlined in the GOP health care bills, have a deeply felt meaning for Mitzi Proffitt and her family. She’s employed by a nonprofit that provides services to Georgia families impacted by disabilities or special health care needs. And at home, Mitzi... Read more
Senate health care bill debuts in uncertain environment
The U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act, releasing a proposal Thursday that has some key differences from the House health care overhaul. Like the House bill, the Senate version – crafted in secrecy by 13 Republican senators – would slash Medicaid, which... Read more
Governor creates VIP panel to review policy on children’s mental health
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday the creation of a commission charged with providing recommendations to improve state mental health services for children. The panel is composed of government leaders, children’s advocates and health care experts. (Members are listed below.)  It is tasked with submitting a report to Deal on... Read more
GOP health bill would hit children hard, study says
Most of the debate on the GOP health care legislation in Congress has focused on how it would affect adults, in high-profile areas such as coverage, mandates, and premiums. But a new Brandeis University study emphasizes that the proposal would also have a large impact on children’s coverage. The... Read more

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