Insurance chief seeks to clean house at Underwriting Association
Georgia’s new insurance commissioner, John F. King, called Monday for the resignation of all board members of the Georgia Underwriting Association in the wake of the indictment of Jim Beck, the agency’s former chief. Beck faces trial over a 38-count indictment, which contains allegations that stem from Beck’s tenure... Read more
Health plan won’t raise rates next year for teachers, state employees
Story updated Georgia teachers and state employees got good news Thursday about their health care benefits. Monthly premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance will be the same in 2020 as they are this year, state officials announced. It’s the second straight time that these health benefit costs will remain the... Read more
Georgia has among highest hospital prices, new review suggests
A recently published analysis of hospital prices shows Georgia in the top third among 25 states studied. The Rand Corp. data uses prices paid by health insurers under employer-based coverage, and compares that spending to what Medicare pays at the same facilities. The sampling is limited, with claims studied... Read more
Deloitte briefs state advisory group on health care waiver effort
Georgia has a high rate of people without health insurance, and it’s statistically below average in quality of health care. Those shortcomings, state officials say, underscore a clear need to make changes to Georgia’s health insurance systems. That message was part of a presentation Thursday to a large advisory... Read more
Piedmont’s new payment plan: 25% upfront for some patients
Piedmont Healthcare is requiring patients who shoulder the entire cost of a non-emergency medical service to pay 25 percent of the bill before they get the care. The system’s new upfront-payment policy was publicly revealed recently at the Healthcare Financial Management Association conference in Orlando. It was first reported by... Read more

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