Hospitals in Georgia, U.S. charging insurers more than twice Medicare rates, study finds
Hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released Friday. In Georgia, hospitals charge private insurers even higher rates, at nearly three times Medicare reimbursements, the RAND Corp. study found. But... Read more
Georgia slips even lower among states on new health scorecard
Georgia slipped to No. 46 among the states in a new ranking of health system performance, down from 42nd the previous year. The new 2020 Commonwealth Fund report on states’ health system performance, released Friday, noted that Georgia performed well by certain measures. Those include a high rate of... Read more
Premiums for state health plan to rise roughly 5 percent
Teachers and state employees will face an average hike of 5 percent in health insurance premiums for 2021 coverage. That would be the first premium increase in the past three years for non-Medicare members in the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), which covers 673,000 state employees, teachers, other school... Read more
Prices on Georgia’s insurance exchange shaping up to stay fairly stable
People seeking coverage in the Georgia health insurance exchange for 2021 will see moderate price increases and a similar choice of plans. All six insurers that offer health plans in this year’s exchange are returning to the market for 2021 coverage, according to initial filings with the state insurance... Read more
Kemp vetoes bill to increase oversight of health care contracts
Story updated Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday vetoed a bill that aimed to bring more transparency and accountability to contractors for state health care plans. House Bill 991 would have allowed a newly formed committee to examine records related to health care contractors for the state and compel the... Read more

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