Which health bills are still alive? Facility visitations, newborn screening, clockwork . . .
A proposal allowing “legal representatives” more access to patients during health emergencies was approved by the Georgia House on Monday after emotional testimony by several lawmakers, including House Speaker David Ralston. The chamber’s passage of House Bill 290, along with a flurry of other measures, came during Crossover Day.... Read more
Northside contract rift with insurer affects thousands in Gwinnett
Thousands of UnitedHealthcare members are now facing much higher out-of-pocket costs if they go to two Gwinnett County hospitals. The insurer’s contract with Northside Hospital Gwinnett (in Lawrenceville) and Northside Hospital Duluth ended March 1. Contract negotiations between insurers and hospitals sometimes become public and nasty in tone, but... Read more
Thousands of Georgians enrolling for coverage as exchange reopens
More than 16,000 Georgians signed up for coverage on the state’s insurance exchange during the first two weeks of a special enrollment period ordered by President Biden. That’s the third-highest total of any state, behind Florida and Texas, among the 36 states that let the federal government run their... Read more
Federal antitrust scrutiny revealed in wake of Navicent-Houston merger collapse
The Federal Trade Commission has revealed that it investigated a proposed merger of hospital systems in Middle Georgia. The announcement Wednesday that the FTC had reviewed the deal – and then closed its probe – came less than a week after the two hospital systems said they were calling... Read more
Public Health measure, in diminished form, clears Senate panel
A state Senate committee passed a much pared-down version of legislation that would have restructured the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Senate Bill 256 went from 32 pages to two in its latest version, which received unanimous approval from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday.... Read more

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