Democratic debate focuses little on health care, but shows divide
In their previous debates, Democratic presidential candidates spent more time discussing health care than any other topic. But at Wednesday’s debate in Atlanta, health care was almost crowded off center stage by several other issues. The 10 Democratic candidates spent much of the two hours addressing topics such as... Read more
Northwest Georgia health system to join N.C.-based Atrium
A Rome-based hospital system said Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to combine with Charlotte-based Atrium Health. The agreement between the nonprofit systems Atrium and Floyd Health System, if finalized, would represent another major development in the consolidation of hospitals in Georgia. Atrium Health recently took... Read more
From prices to website, Kemp waiver plan would revamp individual insurance market
Just one of Gov. Brian Kemp’s waiver proposals was unveiled Thursday. But that one part, announced at the state Capitol, is still a lot to grasp. The so-called 1332 waiver proposal is designed to make fundamental changes in the health insurance system for individuals and families in the state.... Read more
Kaiser Permanente offers TRICARE option in metro Atlanta area
About 60,000 metro Atlantans who are covered by the military health care system will now have the option to get medical services from Kaiser Permanente. TRICARE is a program that provides civilian health care benefits to uniformed service members, military retirees and their families. (The program exists because of... Read more
Gainesville-based health system shields patients from financial fallout after contract lapses
With a contract impasse in its third week, a Gainesville-based health system is spending millions of dollars so that thousands of patients are not having to pay more when visiting the system’s doctors and hospitals. Northeast Georgia Health System’s contract with Anthem ended Sept. 30, which means that since then,... Read more

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