Georgia health officials have decided to ban coverage of abortions in nearly all instances for those enrolled in the state employee health insurance plan. Thursday's decision by the board of the Department of Community Health means the policy will bypass state lawmakers who didn't take action on similar legislation earlier this year.
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says some insurance companies have filed plans to increase insurance rates in Georgia by nearly 200 percent for certain people under the Affordable Care Act. Hudgens says he sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius Tuesday asking for an emergency 30-day delay of submission of his rate review so the department and federal officials can analyze the projected increases.
Medical Center of Central Georgia officials say more than 20 hospitals and 1,500 physicians are gearing up to create a health care alliance. Spokeswoman Megan Allen says health care providers will announce the launch of a health care initiative Tuesday morning.
Hospitals in Georgia are suffering under the weight of the sluggish economy, and the financial strain is especially heavy for smaller, rural medical centers. Nearly half of the state’s rural hospitals are operating in the red, according to the latest hospital financial survey by the state Department of Community Health.
A national report gives Georgia high marks for setting aside money for its state employee pension funds. But the Pew Center for the States study also says, Georgia isn't saving nearly enough to cover workers' future health care bills. But Georgia isn't alone in underfunding health care promises to state employees.
A new report finds, Georgia counties are just about as healthy as they are wealthy. It's from the annual County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin and the R-W Johnson Foundation. The study paints a map of Georgia that strongly links health factors like obsesity and smoking to lower-income areas where people are less educated and underemployed.