COVID continues to hit probate courts hard in Georgia
Two more probate court judges in Georgia have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the state’s total infected to 17. And in Cobb County, four clerks in the probate court have contracted the disease, with a fifth awaiting test results. Cobb’s probate judge, Kelli Wolk, said the clerks are among... Read more
State’s rapid test results add to alarming rise in COVID cases here
New COVID-19 cases in Georgia jumped by more than 4,500 on Tuesday, the highest daily increase reported in months. Most of the new cases came from rapid antigen tests. About 1,000 of those positives, though, were part of a “data dump’’ of cases from October, state officials said. How... Read more
Justices’ remarks signal ACA may survive latest legal challenge
It’s perilous to predict a court or jury decision based on the arguments presented. But supporters of the Affordable Care Act will be heartened by the comments of two Supreme Court justices Tuesday during oral arguments on the bid by several states to overturn the 2010 law. Georgia is... Read more
Most Georgia hospitals getting penalized for readmissions
More than 80 Georgia hospitals will receive lower reimbursements from Medicare because of their high rates of patient readmissions. Federal statistics compiled by Kaiser Health News show that just 12 eligible hospitals in the state will get no penalty due to readmissions.   The readmission penalties are required under... Read more
Feds OK Georgia’s second waiver plan, but controversies remain
Federal officials, as expected, have approved Georgia’s waiver request to revamp the state’s health insurance market for people who don’t get job-based or government coverage. The waiver will create a “reinsurance’’ program that state officials estimate will cut insurance premiums for individual coverage by an average of 10 percent.... Read more

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