Northside making lots of moves even as Gwinnett merger has stalled
The mysterious delay in the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System is continuing, month after month. The mega-deal, once forecast to close in 2016, is still in the hands of the Federal Trade Commission, which must approve the transaction. But Northside hasn’t been sitting idly by, waiting... Read more
Georgia sees last-minute enrollment surge, but trails last year’s total
Just a few days are left before the deadline for sign-ups in the 2019 health insurance exchange. Yet as of Dec. 8, the number of Georgians who had enrolled in the health insurance exchange was less than half of last year’s total sign-up figure, federal health officials report. Through... Read more
Health care taking bigger share of workers’ income, report finds
Workers and their families are spending a larger percentage of income on health care, especially in the South, a report says. Average premium contributions by employees are 7 percent of median income nationally. But Georgia is among 11 states where these contributions for single and family plans amounted to 8... Read more
What will be on Brian Kemp’s agenda for health care?
Brian Kemp’s election as governor likely means that full-fledged Medicaid expansion will remain off the table in Georgia, at least for a while. Republican Kemp, who will take office in January, opposed Medicaid expansion during the campaign, while Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams strongly supported it. Gov. Nathan Deal and... Read more
Beck apparent winner for state insurance post
Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, has apparently been elected Georgia’s next insurance commissioner, defeating insurance agency owner Janice Laws. Election results early Wednesday show Beck won 51 percent of the vote, with Laws getting 47 percent and Libertarian Donnie Foster with 3 percent.... Read more

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