A federal agency has awarded Georgia almost $5 million in a bonus payment for enrolling more children in government health insurance programs. It’s the first year that Georgia has received this performance bonus, funded under 2009 legislation that reauthorized the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). To qualify, a state... Read more
A little clinic that has made a difference (video)
Dr. Martha Cottrell was so eager to practice in Athens’ first community clinic for the poor that she volunteered for the job before the clinic even existed. A product of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Model Cities initiative, one of the Great Society programs introduced in the 1960s to reduce... Read more
Doctors, dentists and other health care providers have been spared a 0.5 percent cut in payment for treating Medicaid and PeachCare patients. The board of the Department of Community Health adopted a resolution Thursday rescinding the reduction in reimbursement, which was projected to save the state $13.9 million annually.... Read more
More people are getting vaccinated in hopes of protecting themselves against the flu, according to the CDC. The growth is strongest among children, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more
Tampa-based WellCare Health Plans announced Wednesday a new president for its Georgia operation. The company’s naming of David J. McNichols comes as a consulting firm for the state is evaluating the current system of delivering care to Medicaid and PeachCare beneficiaries in Georgia. WellCare has part of that multibillion-dollar... Read more

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