CON revamp fails in House, but sponsor vows to continue fight
Hospital industry lobbying against health care regulatory changes paid off Thursday when the Georgia House voted against major certificate-of-need (CON) legislation by a 94-72 margin. House Bill 198 remained alive temporarily after the chamber approved a motion to reconsider the legislation. But by late afternoon, the lead sponsor, Rep.... Read more
Showdown approaches in Georgia House over CON proposal
A regulatory revamp in Georgia health care is hanging in the balance. A pointed TV ad and the fiery tweet that it provoked show the passions swirling around the issue. The state House on Thursday will consider a somewhat trimmed-down version of its originally proposed overhaul of the state’s... Read more
One-quarter of Georgia hospitals penalized over patient safety problems
One in four Georgia hospitals will be paid less by Medicare due to high rates of infections and patient injuries. The 27 percent figure of eligible Georgia hospitals facing penalties is slightly above the national average, which is 25 percent.   The Georgia hospitals facing pay reductions include some... Read more
Bill would protect tenants facing unhealthy living conditions
Water leaks and sewage overflows. Rampant mold. Rat infestation. Residents’ descriptions of such conditions in some Cobb County apartment complexes recently underscored the breadth of environmental hazards that tenants can face. In Georgia, renters have the right to complain about unlivable conditions, and landlords have a legal duty to make... Read more
A man called Mickey: ‘Father of PeachCare’ passes away
Twenty years ago, a bill arrived in the Georgia House that would have set up a private insurance program for children newly eligible for government coverage. The legislation had the backing of Gov. Zell Miller, and it had passed the Senate. Consumer advocate Linda Lowe and others, though, started... Read more

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