Hospital transparency, Medicaid funding bill OK’d by Senate, then sidetracked
The state Senate approved renewal of a Medicaid funding mechanism Thursday in a bill containing a major add-on: requiring extensive financial disclosures for nonprofit hospitals. But when that legislation later went to the House for its approval, that chamber voted to disagree with it, 89-81.  The measure, House Bill... Read more
As Kemp celebrates waiver win, White House pivot may complicate things
The state affirmed Wednesday that it will pursue its waiver plan despite the Trump administration’s renewed bid to eliminate the Affordable Care Act – the federal law under which at least part of the Georgia plan would be carried out. “We have regular contact with federal officials, and they... Read more
Long waits for ambulances raising alarm
Donna Martin, 73, was in her yard in Morgan County one day last summer when a wasp stung her. Martin, a grandmother and active tennis player, suffered a severe allergic reaction. She soon went into cardiac arrest. Her young granddaughter called 911. But both of the rural county’s ambulances... Read more
An epic, hectic day for health care legislation in Georgia
The state House passed a high-profile bill Monday that would allow Gov. Brian Kemp to seek health care “waivers’’ from the federal government to expand and improve coverage in Georgia. And in another big vote, the Senate approved a bill to change Georgia’s controversial certificate-of-need system regulating medical providers.... Read more
Kemp backs bid for CON changes, gets House panel OK on waiver plan
Gov. Brian Kemp has thrown his support behind major reforms of the state health care regulatory system, acting as legislation on the contentious issue was revived in a Senate committee Wednesday. A House bill to make sweeping changes to the certificate-of-need (CON) system recently failed to pass the House... Read more

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