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“Final Notice,” the medical bill read.

And that cheery tone continued:

“The above account may be sent to a collection agency if we do not receive immediate payment.’’

The amount due: $26.04. At least they sent me an envelope with it (though they didn’t include a stamp).

It was the first of two such threatening bill-collecting letters I’ve received in the past few months.

I have always been a stickler for paying my bills — in full and on time. Collection agency notices and credit threats are not standard fare in our daily pile ...

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Stahl picked to head Anthem plan in Georgia

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced Wednesday that Pam Stahl has been named president of the Georgia health plan.

She replaces Jeff Fusile, who is stepping down to spend more time with his family in Savannah.

Stahl joined the Georgia insurer’s parent company, Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc., last year as a vice president of sales operations and effectiveness.

Anthem Blue Cross has been mired in some high-profile disputes this year. The company, Georgia’s largest health insurer, is facing a protracted contract negotiation with Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System.

Anthem recently agreed to let members of its Pathway insurance exchange plan visit WellStar Health ...

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Why do some Georgia women live so long?

Late last year, when Maggie Katie Brown Kidd of Clayton County celebrated her 114th birthday, news reports described her as the oldest living Georgian, the oldest living African-American and the 10th-oldest person in the world.

She’s been moving up since then. A recent check of online resources about supercentenarians — people 110 and older — indicates Kidd is now No. 5 in the world. (Some supercentenarian lists differ slightly, depending on which records a particular organization recognizes.)

 

Kidd is the latest in a long line of Georgia women who have reached extraordinary ages. Sometimes it seems that such longevity is almost becoming ...

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Anthem bends in WellStar dispute, lets patients visit docs at network rates

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to allow its Pathway health plan members to visit WellStar Health System doctors at network rates through the end of the year.

The consent order, announced Wednesday, partially ends the long-running dispute over the health insurance exchange plan run by Anthem.

The agreement over physician network care, announced by the state insurance department, does not apply to Pathway members seeking hospital services.

The controversy erupted earlier this year, when the Anthem-WellStar contract for the Pathway plan ended without a new agreement.

During Open Enrollment for 2019 insurance plans in the state exchange in November, the online ...

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