Georgia health centers frustrated, anxious over funding impasse
Problems with retaining good employees. Difficulty in making new hires. Putting expansion plans on hold. Those issues would spell trouble for any organization. For the state’s community health centers, that predicament stems from what’s happening – or rather, what’s not happening – in the U.S. Congress.   Funding for... Read more
Expanding coverage not part of GOP leaders’ legislative agenda
From a legislative standpoint, the chances of a broad increase of health insurance coverage look pretty dim this year in Georgia. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday told reporters that he is opposed to expanding Medicaid in Georgia. “Big government won’t improve our health care system,’’ Cagle said at... Read more
Mobile ER arrives at Grady to handle overflow
The tractor trailer-sized structure sits outside Grady Memorial Hospital’s ER, looking like some huge tent assembled outside a major entertainment or sports event. But the unit will open Tuesday morning as a mobile emergency department, with 14 beds, leased by Grady to handle its soaring ER numbers. The fully... Read more
Commentary: Expand coverage, but don’t tie it to employment
After years of Georgia rejecting expansion of Medicaid, there has been increasing political talk about the state pursuing a federal waiver to give health insurance to more people. At the same time, though, requiring that Medicaid beneficiaries work to retain their coverage has picked up momentum nationally, with the... Read more
Say ‘yes’ to expanded coverage, ‘no’ to work requirements
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle drew attention to the growing chorus of state leaders calling for expanded access to health care in Georgia when he released a statement last week outlining his perspective on a possible state Medicaid waiver. By refusing to expand Medicaid, Georgia’s leaders have for years let the federal... Read more

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