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Premiums to edge up for state workers, teachers with options unchanged

State employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan.

Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018.

Health plans for many Medicaid recipients change

Tens of thousands of Georgia Medicaid beneficiaries are set to switch health plans over the weekend in an unprecedented shift in enrollment for the government program.

State AG backs wider view of open records in hospital fight

The state’s attorney general has urged the Georgia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records.

Georgia’s top malpractice insurer seeks to change company structure

Georgia’s largest medical malpractice insurer aims to convert from a “mutual’’ company to a stock company, according to filings with the state insurance department.

State control would increase if GOP health plan becomes law

Georgia and other states would have more control over health care — its rules, spending and benefits — under the bill that passed the U.S. House on Thursday.

Optim to combine Millen hospital with Sylvania facility

Another rural hospital is closing its doors in Georgia.

Another legislative battle looms over dental hygienist bill

A South Georgia elementary school has three dental chairs set up for kids who don’t have a regular dentist.

Many Ga. nursing homes get low ratings

One in four Georgia nursing homes received the lowest rating — one star — in the latest federal quality rankings of long-term care facilities in the United States.

Ga. health care markets show improvements and big gaps

Seven Georgia urban markets saw general improvement in their health care systems from 2011 through 2014, but each of the seven metropolitan areas was ranked in the bottom half of the 306 U.S. 

Medicaid expansion: Much is now debated yet not studied in Georgia

The option to expand Medicaid to adults up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, which most states have approved, would extend coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Georgians.

Task force aims for new stance on health coverage in Georgia

A Georgia health care task force is putting the final touches on widely anticipated recommendations for the state to increase access to medical services for the uninsured.

Hospital alliance may team up

Stratus Healthcare, an alliance of hospital systems, said Wednesday that it’s entering partnership talks with a large physician organization in Central Georgia.

Georgia insurance exchange rates could soar in 2017

Many Georgians may see their monthly premiums rise by double-digit percentages on the state health insurance exchange in 2017, an analysis of health insurers’ proposed rate requests shows.

Georgia lacking in home health ratings

Just 12 percent of Georgia home health agencies received a superior 4-star or 5-star rating in a new Medicare quality ranking system for that industry.

Hackers, help target Georgia Blue Cross, Blue Shield members

Current and former Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia members are being offered free identity repair assistance and credit monitoring services in the wake of a massive data breach involving the insurer’s parent company, Anthem.

Feds punish 29 Georgia hospitals over infection, injury rates

More than two dozen Georgia hospitals, including two in Savannah, are feeling the new Medicare crackdown on hospital-acquired infections and preventable injuries. The move is similar to the existing federal penalties on excessive readmissions of patients within 30 days after discharge.