Georgia has fewer uninsured kids as ACA takes hold
The number of uninsured Georgia children fell by more than 50,000 in 2014, the first year of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report found. That drop of 53,000 was the fourth-biggest decline in the United States. Yet it left Georgia still having 210,000 kids without coverage,... Read more
Dental hygienist bill remains on hold, but prospects improving
For the second time in two weeks, a health committee of the Georgia House tabled a bill Tuesday that would allow dental hygienists to practice in safety-net settings without a dentist present. But a hearing on House Bill 684 showed there was new dialogue between Rep. Sharon Cooper, chair... Read more
ACA enrollment tops 587,000 in Ga., but insurers nervous over signup rules
More than 580,000 Georgians signed up for coverage in the insurance exchange during the third open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, federal health officials said Thursday. The total of 587,845 during the signup period, which ended Jan. 31, was a 9 percent increase over last year’s Georgia total... Read more
Data breach affects thousands in Georgia Medicaid, PeachCare
A health insurer’s data breach has affected 148,334 Georgians on Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, state officials say. That total includes current and former Medicaid and PeachCare members from 2009 to 2015. The breach occurred when health insurer Centene lost computer hard drives containing about 950,000 individuals’ personal data,... Read more
Sale of Clayton County hospital finalized
Prime Healthcare Foundation announced Monday that it has completed its acquisition of Southern Regional Medical Center, Clayton County’s only hospital. The deal, which closed Monday, follows a hectic year in which the struggling Southern Regional, near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, sought a financial partner to avoid closure. In July, Prime... Read more

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