Atlanta health care prices on the high end, national report says
Metro Atlanta is in the top third of 112 urban areas on health care pricing, newly released data show. The prices in greater Atlanta are higher than those in Augusta and Savannah, the two other Georgia cities studied by the Health Care Cost Institute. The Healthy Marketplace Index report... Read more
State finds many valid complaints against health insurers
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Ambetter of Peach State, and Humana had high levels of consumer complaints last year that the state determined to be justified, according to newly released figures. Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck and his staff recently posted complaint data for all health insurers in... Read more
Unforeseen cancer, unexpected bills: A Georgian’s ordeal
The urgent care center diagnosed her condition as a bladder infection. But the pain in Diane Conine’s stomach soon became unbearable. “The pain got so bad, I was throwing up,’’ says Conine, 64. Her urine was filled with blood. She needed to go to the emergency room, her daughter... Read more
An epic, hectic day for health care legislation in Georgia
The state House passed a high-profile bill Monday that would allow Gov. Brian Kemp to seek health care “waivers’’ from the federal government to expand and improve coverage in Georgia. And in another big vote, the Senate approved a bill to change Georgia’s controversial certificate-of-need system regulating medical providers.... Read more
Change to surprise billing measure gains ground but draws criticism
The legislative tug-of-war over surprise medical billing continued Thursday as a House panel approved a new version of a Senate bill that aims to curb these unexpected charges to patients. The vote on Senate Bill 56 came as lawmakers were taking action on several health care proposals over the... Read more

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