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
The Top 10 Georgia health care stories in 2018
Health care took spotlight in governor’s race Brian Kemp won Georgia’s highest office, keeping Republicans in power and supporting the party’s longtime opposition to Medicaid expansion in the state. But Democrat Stacey Abrams, who not only endorsed expansion but made it a centerpiece of her campaign, came very close... 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
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

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