For many, insurance doesn’t prevent high costs from prescriptions
Half of Americans take no prescription drugs. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Karen Milligan. She needs several drugs and pays a lot for them. She has dealt with multiple sclerosis for three decades. It’s disease of the central nervous system with no cure.  At 65, Karen is seeing her drug costs... Read more
Georgians taking advantage of special enrollment on exchange
More than 40,000 Georgians have signed up for health coverage on the state exchange since a special enrollment period began in February. That’s the third-highest total among the 36 states using federally run health insurance exchanges. Only the heavily populated states of Florida and Texas had more sign-ups, according... Read more
Bills on patient visits, nursing home cameras fail to clear Georgia General Assembly
As the 2021 legislative session ended, Georgia lawmakers wound up not passing a bill to allow visits by a “legal representative’’ to patients in hospitals and nursing homes during a health emergency. The legislation ping-ponged Wednesday between the two chambers, with the House supporting its previous, stronger version, and... Read more
Georgia vows to continue fight if feds kill state’s Medicaid waiver plan
Story updated Georgia officials, as expected, have appealed the new federal position on the state’s Medicaid waiver plan, saying its possible revocation by the Biden administration would be ‘‘an arbitrary and unlawful bait-and-switch.’’ The commissioner of the state’s Department of Community Health, in a letter dated March 12, noted... Read more
Many Georgians to get insurance price break thanks to COVID bill
Before the pandemic struck, Himali Patel and her brother owned five small retail businesses. Now they’re down to one — a dry cleaning establishment. They have seen a disheartening drop in their income as COVID-19 ravaged the economy. Patel, an Atlantan who has multiple medical conditions, has been getting her... Read more

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