A legislative proposal that has passed the Georgia House would intertwine hospital finances and individuals’ income tax returns.
House Bill 81, sponsored by Rep. Tom McCall, an Elberton Republican, would allow public hospitals to seize patients’ income tax returns over unpaid medical bills. The debt would have to be at least $25 for the hospital to try to take the patient’s refund.
Former state Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, opposes the measure, calling it “shocking.’’
In a new GHN Commentary, Duncan, who is running for lieutenant governor, says the legislation “is a blatant attempt by our state government to intervene in the ...
A hotly disputed bill to ease restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s facility in Newnan was defeated in a House committee vote Thursday.
The Health and Human Services Committee voted 13-8 against Senate Bill 31, which would have relaxed the state’s limits on bed capacity and the percentage of Georgia patients served by the CTCA hospital.
The committee’s brief discussion before the vote was much milder in tone than Wednesday’s emotionally charged hearing, which featured a testy exchange between the panel’s chair, Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), and a Georgia Hospital Association official. (Here’s a link to the GHN story.)
Still, lawmakers ...
Senate Bill 31 started out as a relatively simple proposal related to a Georgia health agency board. That bill passed the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly last month.
But late Wednesday afternoon, a substitute version of that Senate legislation called for something entirely different: an easing of state restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
And the sudden switch – and resulting testimony on the new bill – led to a fiery exchange between a hospital industry lobbyist and the chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee.
This change on SB 31 is part of the give-and-take, addition and subtraction of language on bills in the ...
Forsyth County is ranked as Georgia’s healthiest county for the sixth straight year.
The 2018 County Health Rankings, released Wednesday, again showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest.
After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia, Cobb, Harris, Paulding and Coweta.
Those Top 10 are the same as last year’s, but in slightly different order.
The ninth annual rankings are produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The rankings look at factors other than medical care, such as education, transportation and poverty, that influence ...