Lee County will get its hospital, but what will that mean?
With the last legal hurdle now eliminated, the Lee County hospital project has a smooth path ahead. The Dougherty County Commission late Monday dropped its lawsuit against the state for awarding a license, or certificate of need (CON), for the Lee County Medical Center. The suit had been the last barrier... Read more
Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief
Insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner. Laws will face Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, in the November election. Both Laws and Beck won their party primaries easily on Tuesday, capturing around... Read more
New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians
A new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019. The Urban Institute policy brief, released Wednesday, is the latest to predict the effect of expansion on the state. Georgia is among 19 states that have not expanded... Read more
A political race that has big implications for health care 
Georgia’s high rate of people without health insurance. Soaring premiums for auto insurance. The potential for Medicaid expansion. Health care contract disputes. In what’s shaping up as a pivotal race for Georgia’s next insurance commissioner, many of the prominent issues are related to health care coverage. Three Republicans and... Read more
Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. And the increase may continue into next year. The Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday released a survey of working-age Americans that found that 15.5 percent were estimated to lack health insurance coverage as of February... Read more

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