Gainesville-based system warns of potential break with Anthem
Northeast Georgia Health System has sent letters to 40,000 patients, warning them that its contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield may end Sept. 30 without a new agreement. The Gainesville-based system said that Anthem is seeking “drastic cuts’’ in payments for medical services. Anthem is making decisions... Read more
Patients ‘frustrated’ as WellStar, Anthem near end of contract
The vast majority of contract disputes between health insurers and hospital systems get settled before the existing deal lapses. The agreement comes sometimes within hours of the deadline. One notable exception occurred last year, when Piedmont Healthcare’s contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia expired without a... Read more
‘Waiver’ on the way? Kemp signals a plan to increase coverage
It looks as though Gov. Brian Kemp will indeed pursue a Medicaid “waiver’’ proposal to expand health coverage in Georgia. Kemp, in his State of the State speech Thursday — three days after he was sworn in as Georgia’s new chief executive — said he will seek “to expand... Read more
Exchange enrollment extended in counties ravaged by hurricane
Federal health officials have extended the enrollment deadline for people in South Georgia affected by Hurricane Michael. They can enroll in the Affordable Care Act exchange till Feb. 20. Floridians affected by the storm also have an extended sign-up period. The national deadline was Dec. 15 to enroll in... Read more
With late spurt, exchange enrollment almost catches up to last year’s total
After an “avalanche’’ of sign-ups in the past week, Georgia’s final enrollment in the health insurance exchange reached close to last year’s figure. The number of late sign-ups was a surprise because enrollment had been lagging significantly just a few days ago. Federal health officials announced that the preliminary... Read more

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