Clay County: Only one doctor, and soon no pharmacy
A southwest Georgia county that has just one physician is losing its only drugstore. Buy-Rite is shutting down its pharmacy in Clay County. The company says it has been losing money on the Fort Gaines drugstore for years. “It’s going to have a very profound impact on the city,’’... Read more
Unusual but welcome: Two health insurers opt to cut exchange rates
Two of the four health insurers in the 2019 Georgia insurance exchange, in a surprising move, are set to make reductions in monthly premiums from the rates they offer this year. Such decreases in insurance rates rarely occur in health care. The overall premiums announced Thursday, as approved by the... Read more
Medicaid spending growth helps spur higher budget requests
The state’s main health care agency is requesting $72.9 million in additional funding for the current fiscal year (FY 2019, which runs through next June 30), and $195.8 million more for fiscal 2020. The board of the Department of Community Health approved the budget requests at a meeting Thursday. The proposal... Read more
Blue Cross of Georgia changing its name
The largest health insurer in Georgia is changing its name. But it’s not a total revamp. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is going to become Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield effective Jan. 1. Anthem, based in Indianapolis, is the parent company of the Georgia insurer. The name... Read more
Commentary: House farm bill wrong on food stamp program
The farm bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives proposes changes to the food stamp program that alarm groups representing people with disabilities. “Food insecurity’’ – the lack of reliable access to nutritious food – disproportionately affects people living with disabilities, according to a new GHN Commentary. “Households... Read more

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