Market shake-up: HCA buying hospital in Savannah
HCA has agreed to acquire Memorial Health’s financially struggling hospital in Savannah in a $710 million deal. The agreement, announced Wednesday night, would provide much-needed cash infusion for Memorial University Medical Center, a large safety-net hospital that has been looking for a partner. The deal would also vault HCA,... Read more
Georgia aims to avoid snags as it launches program for public benefits
Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits, with officials hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor. The new computer system, delivered by Deloitte Consulting, has a price tag... Read more
People who got coverage through ACA wonder about the future
Debra Wood went to the emergency room four years ago because her abdomen was swollen and acutely painful. That led to a 12-day stay in the hospital. While she was there, she also learned that she had diabetes. Wood had no health insurance at the time, and after being... Read more
Safety net clinic is lifesaver for Madison County woman
While the Affordable Care Act has brought down the number of uninsured adults in the United States, huge gaps persist in how much access to care people really have. Currently, about 14 percent of Georgians are uninsured. And many of these people have problems — such as mental health... Read more
Celebration and frustration as legislative session closes
The final day of the Georgia General Assembly brought last-minute approval of some health care bills Thursday – along with disappointment over pieces of legislation that didn’t pass. The failures included the high-profile effort to halt “surprise’’ medical bills, and a proposal to require Georgia schools and day care... Read more

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