Commentary: Insurance deals pose major threat
At a minimum, two pending mergers of giant insurance companies will shake up Georgia’s health care marketplace. Proponents of the deals say the effect will be beneficial. But the Medical Association of Georgia says the mergers will be “disastrous’’ for the state, raising prices and lowering consumer choice. If... Read more
Insurance mergers would be terrible for Georgia
The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) believes the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers would have disastrous results for patients and physicians in this state. The new companies would control nearly 90 percent of the individual health insurance market in Georgia – the kind of monopoly that undermines our free... Read more
Clay County: A lot of impoverished patients . . . and one dedicated doctor
This is the first in a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the... Read more
Bill aims to erase errors in insurers’ medical directories
Open enrollment can bring a big decision for consumers: Which health coverage plan do I choose? And much of that decision is based on whether the consumer’s favorite doctor or hospital is part of a plan’s network. But if the available listings of health plan providers are not accurate,... Read more
Doctors welcome latest move on Medicaid pay
State lawmakers’ move to inject $26 million into the Medicaid budget for doctor pay raises would help strengthen Georgia’s medical safety net, physicians say. The House recently voted for the pay hike in the fiscal 2017 state budget. If the Senate and Gov. Nathan Deal agree with the House... Read more

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