Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday.
Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. It’s also called premature birth.
Babies who survive an early birth often face the risk of lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems and cerebral palsy.
Georgia’s preterm birth rate climbed to 11.2 percent last year, up from 10.8 percent in 2015, said Dr. Lara Jacobson, director of Health Promotion at the state Department of Public Health. That’s higher than the national preterm ...
On one level, the White House’s pledge late Thursday to stop cost-sharing payments to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act won’t make a major difference in Georgia.
That’s because three of the four health insurers offering coverage on the state exchange have already factored in the likely elimination of the payments in their huge 2018 premium increases.
The ACA created the exchanges to help people without job-based or government insurance to buy affordable coverage. The cost-sharing subsidies that will be eliminated have been going to insurers, which use them to lower the out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and copays, for lower-income exchange customers.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that would potentially ease rules on “association health plans’’ and on the sale of short-term, low-cost insurance policies.
Because federal agencies must develop the regulations and guidance for these changes, no significant changes will occur for months.
Trump said Thursday that “with these actions we are moving toward lower costs and more options in the health care market, and taking crucial steps toward saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare,” more formally known as the Affordable Care Act.
Critics have warned, though, that such actions could attract the healthiest customers to the newly structured plans through lower premiums ...
The parent company of Georgia’s largest health insurer has agreed to develop a 352,000 square-foot building in Midtown Atlanta as a health IT hub.
Anthem Inc. announced Thursday that it had signed a lease to develop the 21-story building with Portman Holdings. Construction is to begin in January 2018, with completion expected in two years.
Indianapolis-based Anthem is the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.
“This new investment is a critical part of the Tech Square expansion and delivers on the commitment we announced last year to grow our IT footprint in Atlanta and the state,” Jeff Fusile, president of Blue Cross of Georgia, said ...