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
Hospitals relieved to see GOP health care bill withdrawn in Congress
The state’s hospital industry is breathing easier after U.S. House leaders pulled their health care proposal before a scheduled vote Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the GOP proposal to replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, was withdrawn because it did not have enough votes... Read more
Commentary: Keeping the ACA is better than the alternative
The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday evening on legislation that begins the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The bill is supported by President Trump and congressional Republican leaders. Eliminating the ACA, though, is opposed by many organizations, large and small. Karuna... Read more
Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals
This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better. Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger. And a proposed tax credit upgrade for donors to rural hospitals, an idea... Read more
Georgia’s outlook uncertain if replacement for Obamacare passes
How would the new health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans affect Georgia? Much of the impact has yet to be analyzed. Under many of the plan’s elements, though, the states would be treated similarly. One striking change nationwide would fulfill a longtime GOP campaign promise: The newly unveiled... Read more

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