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
Decision time is near . . . for people enrolling in insurance exchange
All of the political campaign talk on health care may have obscured the reality that starting Thursday, the health insurance exchange opens for business. Open enrollment for Georgia’s 2019 exchange, which operates under the Affordable Care Act, runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. The coverage rules will feature... Read more
Poor adults’ health needs addressed better with Medicaid expansion, federal report says
Low-income adults in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are more likely to have unmet medical needs than the poor in states that expanded the government-run program, a federal report says. The report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), released Monday, based its estimates from a 2016 national survey. An... Read more
Premiums in employer plans still edging up, national survey finds 
Employer premiums for family health insurance rose by a modest 5 percent this year, a rate that still exceeds the increases in wages and inflation, a newly released survey says. Both employers and workers feel the impact of such increases, said Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser... Read more

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