Health

Georgia Dems push new GOP U.S. Senator to oppose Obamacare repeal

BY: - January 15, 2020

A Georgia health care coalition and a group of state legislators are pushing U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler to publicly oppose the ongoing dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, which they say provides important protection for women’s health care. Pro-Obamacare advocate Protect Our Care, Sen. Jen Jordan, Rep. Pat Gardner, Georgia Democratic Party Chair Nikema Williams […]

Georgia House Republicans say big pharmacy managers cause pain

BY: - January 13, 2020

The prescription drug cards in many Georgians’ pockets could come courtesy of companies that Georgia House Republicans say are fleecing people and the government. The state House GOP caucus is threatening new regulations on those so-called pharmacy benefit managers. Health insurance companies hire them to administer their drug plans and negotiate better prices. But the […]

Lawmakers propose extended health care for new moms to stem deaths

BY: - January 7, 2020

This story was updated at noon Tuesday with comments from state Rep. Sharon Cooper.  A push to ensure low-income new mothers have a year of health care coverage through Medicaid – as opposed to cutting off access for many of them two months after they give birth – is among the raft of proposed legislative […]

COMMENTARY

Time for Georgia to snuff out this generation’s ‘coffin nails’

BY: - December 30, 2019

One of the state’s most influential lawmakers on health policy wants to ban flavored vaping products in Georgia and raise the purchase age from 18 to 21. Her colleagues should rush to support her when the legislative session kicks off in a couple of weeks. The electronic cigarettes are devices that can deliver nicotine clouds […]

Limited Medicaid expansion proposal poised for federal review

BY: - December 23, 2019

State officials made only slight changes to a proposal that would add about 50,000 new Georgians to the Medicaid rolls after hearing from hundreds of groups and people who raised concerns. More than 800 written comments poured in during a public airing of a proposal that would expand access to Medicaid for low-income adults who […]

New suicide prevention number could lead to surge in calls

BY: - December 23, 2019

Editor’s note: If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Brian Anderson, an imposing man with a rich baritone voice, dwarfs his office chair at the at the Georgia Crisis and Access Line. He talks softly about the first time he tried to end his life. It […]

Georgians react to federal appeals court ruling against Obamacare

BY: - December 20, 2019

A federal appeals court upheld a decision to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate Wednesday, prompting cheers from Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and dismay from groups worried thousands of Georgians could lose health insurance. Judges on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled 2-1 that the policy requiring […]

Broad effort to reform Georgia’s mental health treatment underway

BY: - December 17, 2019

The state’s Behavioral Health Innovation and Reform Commission met for the first time Monday in Decatur to start a four-year examination of Georgia’s mental health treatment system, which remains under federal oversight following a 2010 court settlement. The 24-member commission is created by a bill sponsored earlier this year by state Rep. Kevin Tanner, a […]

State regulators approve hospital transparency rules

BY: - December 16, 2019

A new slate of transparency rules for Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals is set to take effect next month after a regulatory board signed off on the rules in spite of objections from hospitals. The requirements come out of a new law that legislators passed this year that presses hospitals that enjoy tax-exempt status to publicly post […]

Commenters question state Medicaid waiver plan for work requirements

BY: - December 13, 2019

About 1,000 written comments poured in during the first public airing of Gov. Brian Kemp’s proposals to slightly expand Medicaid under a now-delayed waiver application process. The governor announced the proposal – one of two federal waiver applications – at a press conference last month, kicking off a series of public meetings held around the […]

Landmark prescription drug pricing bill clears U.S. House

BY: - December 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a landmark health care measure Thursday that proponents say would dramatically reduce the rising cost of prescription drugs and significantly expand access to health care benefits and services. The sweeping legislation passed largely along party lines, with 230 lawmakers voting for it and 192 against. Only two House Republicans […]

Report: State’s tax credit program falls short for neediest rural hospitals

BY: - December 12, 2019

A state tax credit program meant as a lifeline for struggling rural hospitals is not built to ensure the facilities that need the most help receive the most aid, according to a new report released late Wednesday. The report, called a “special examination” from the state Department of Audits and Accounts, also outlined other flaws […]