Georgia up slightly in state health rankings, but still on lower end
Georgia improved two spots in a national ranking of the healthiest states, ranking 39th in the latest evaluation by the United Health Foundation. The 2018 America’s Health Rankings report found Georgia mirrored national trends with an increase in adult obesity and a reduced rate of children in poverty. The... Read more
Effort to change Georgia’s CON laws gains more momentum
Following a similar move by a House panel, a Georgia Senate study committee has proposed some major changes in the state’s health care regulatory structure known as certificate of need (CON). The panel, chaired by state Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), a physician, has formulated draft legislation that could ease... Read more
Is Obamacare at risk? Texas court ruling on ACA sparks concern
The Affordable Care Act has withstood dozens of repeal attempts in Congress and two strong Supreme Court challenges. Now the 2010 health law, also known as Obamacare, will have to survive another major test. On Friday, a federal judge in Texas struck down the ACA as unconstitutional, siding with... Read more
Georgia sees last-minute enrollment surge, but trails last year’s total
Just a few days are left before the deadline for sign-ups in the 2019 health insurance exchange. Yet as of Dec. 8, the number of Georgians who had enrolled in the health insurance exchange was less than half of last year’s total sign-up figure, federal health officials report. Through... Read more
Georgia sees an increase in uninsured kids
The number of uninsured children in Georgia rose by 21,000 last year, mirroring a national increase, according to a new report. Georgia was one of nine states that had statistically significant increases in their rate of uninsured children, said the report from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The... Read more

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