Kemp targets surprise billing, pays homage to Isakson with Parkinson’s research initiative
Gov.  Brian Kemp pushed for a legislative remedy for the problem of surprise medical billing in his Thursday address to Georgia lawmakers. Kemp, a Republican, also touted his waiver proposals, passed last year by the General Assembly, as solutions to lower health care costs and add a pathway for... Read more
Gainesville-based health system, Anthem finally reach contract deal
Three months after their previous contract ended, Northeast Georgia Health System and Georgia’s largest insurer reached an agreement Monday on a new deal that restores network status to thousands of consumers. The long-running contract dispute had attracted the interest of major state lawmakers and had unnerved many patients of... Read more
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

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