Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. And the increase may continue into next year. The Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday released a survey of working-age Americans that found that 15.5 percent were estimated to lack health insurance coverage as of February... Read more
39th and 41st: More subpar health rankings for Georgia
Georgia remained at 41st in a national ranking of the healthiest states compiled by the United Health Foundation. Placing in the 40s is a typical ranking for the Peach State on health measures. Other Southern states did equally poorly. In America’s Health Rankings, released last week, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah... Read more
Report finds charity clinic helps more than its patients
A report by University of Georgia researchers shows that an Athens-area charitable health clinic is helping to reduce the number of unnecessary ER visits. The report examined 185 new patients who began receiving health care from the Mercy Health Center from Feb. 1 to July 31, 2015, and continued... Read more
Medicaid expansion would be windfall for state, report says
For each dollar that Georgia would have to spend on Medicaid expansion, it would gain $8.68 to $9.42 in federal spending, a new study said Monday. The report from the Urban Institute analyzes the potential costs and benefits for the 19 states (including Georgia) that have not expanded Medicaid... Read more
Study projects expansion’s big impact on Georgia uninsured
Up to 5 million more Americans would have health insurance coverage if the 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid were to do so in 2017, a new study says. Among those states, Georgia would see the third-largest drop in uninsured people under Medicaid expansion, a figure of 509,000,... Read more

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