Don’t confuse care sharing ministries with insurance, state warns
Georgia’s insurance commissioner is warning consumers of the potential financial risks of joining a Health Care Sharing Ministries program as an alternative to regular insurance. In these organizations, members agree to share one another’s health care costs. Members of an HCSM typically have a particular religious faith in common,... Read more
Health plan won’t raise rates next year for teachers, state employees
Story updated Georgia teachers and state employees got good news Thursday about their health care benefits. Monthly premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance will be the same in 2020 as they are this year, state officials announced. It’s the second straight time that these health benefit costs will remain the... Read more
Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests
A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied. The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, and compares that spending to what Medicare pays at the same facilities. The sampling is limited, with claims studied... Read more
Personal blog: Excellent medical care, followed by nasty letters
“Final Notice,” the medical bill read. And that cheery tone continued: “The above account may be sent to a collection agency if we do not receive immediate payment.’’ The amount due: $26.04. At least they sent me an envelope with it (though they didn’t include a stamp). It was... Read more
Gainesville-based system warns of potential break with Anthem
Northeast Georgia Health System has sent letters to 40,000 patients, warning them that its contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield may end Sept. 30 without a new agreement. The Gainesville-based system said that Anthem is seeking “drastic cuts’’ in payments for medical services. Anthem is making decisions... Read more

Help us pursue our nonprofit mission with a tax-deductible donation.

Credit Cards

EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS
Donations Welcome

Donate Icon