How Supreme Court ‘risk’ ruling will benefit insurers in Georgia
Humana went full-throttle when the health insurance exchange debuted in Georgia six years ago. The federal Affordable Care Act created exchanges in the states to help people without job-related or government coverage buy reasonably priced insurance. And Humana’s lower prices for policies attracted many Georgia exchange customers. But Louisville, Ky.-based... Read more
State Senate OKs transparency bill on quality, costs of care
The Georgia Senate approved legislation Tuesday to increase transparency of health care prices for consumers. Senate Bill 303 would give insured Georgians the ability to query their insurer to learn their out-of-pocket costs before getting non-emergency services from a physician or hospital. Consumers could also get data on the... Read more
Surprise billing legislation OK’d by Senate, but some see a loophole
For at least five years, proposals to curb surprise medical billing have hit roadblocks in the Georgia General Assembly. Health insurers and physicians have been sharply split over how to fix the problem, and lawmakers have tended to line up with one side or the other. The state Senate... Read more
Wellstar seeking partnership to boost Atlanta Medical Center
Wellstar Health System is looking for a partner to help transform Atlanta Medical Center. AMC has two campuses, with the biggest one a safety-net facility in central Atlanta, not far from Grady Memorial Hospital. The south campus is in East Point, just southwest of Atlanta. The nonprofit Wellstar took... Read more
Family gets relief on surprise bill; legislation advances to help others
An agreement between a health insurer and a Rome hospital has shaved more than $10,000 off a surprise medical bill for a young asthma patient. Liam Stina’s hospital bill of more than $11,000 was featured in a Georgia Health News article last week. But the state department of insurance... Read more

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