Mon., March 25, 2013 11:02am
Georgia health officials are hoping to improve care — and save money — by steering pregnant women and doctors away from some early deliveries. State officials are doing this by eliminating Medicaid payments for elective C-sections and induced deliveries before 39 weeks.
Wed., February 27, 2013 4:18pm
Mandatory spending cuts will hit many federal programs beginning Friday unless President Barack Obama and Congress avoid the so-called sequester. But Georgia officials say the effects here are not immediately clear.
Mon., February 11, 2013 3:08pm
Calhoun Memorial Hospital, a small southwest Georgia facility, closed its doors Feb. 1. It collapsed under the cost of caring for patients who couldn’t pay. Some rural hospital advocates worry other small facilities face a similar fate in Georgia.
Fri., February 1, 2013 12:10pm
The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a proposal that would allow the state to avoid losing more than $450 million in federal money for Medicaid has cleared another legislative hurdle.
Wed., January 30, 2013 8:44am
Gov. Nathan Deal's plan to avoid losing more than $450 million in federal money for Medicaid has cleared another legislative hurdle. A House committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal to let an appointed board set special hospital fees to support Medicaid. Senate Bill 24 is headed to the full House.
Thu., January 24, 2013 5:00pm
State healthcare officials told lawmakers Thursday they’re doing their best to keep ballooning medical costs down. But as they say Georgia’s aging population isn’t helping matters.
Thu., January 17, 2013 8:41am
Leading Georgia Senate officials say they expect the Senate to pass Gov. Nathan Deal's proposal for a new Medicaid financing scheme that will spare lawmakers from voting directly on a tax. Senators are expected to debate it Thursday after Deal addresses a joint session of the General Assembly.
Wed., January 16, 2013 9:52pm
If Governor Nathan Deal’s Eggs and Issues speech Wednesday is any indication much of his State of the State address Thursday will be a mix of good and bad news. Issue one is paying for Medicaid in the Peach State. During his Wednesday address to more than 2,000 members of Georgia's business and legislative community at the Georgia World Congress Center, Governor Deal rolled out cuts to the budget of the Department of Community Health.
Wed., January 16, 2013 11:19am
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston say they'll support a plan to replace a hospital "bed tax" with assessments coming from a state agency. The legislative leaders made their endorsements at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce's annual "Eggs and Issues" breakfast. The meal is typically used by the Governor and leaders to announce parts of their agendas.
Tue., December 18, 2012 5:06pm
Georgia’s tax revenues are rising but still remain below what officials had forecast. That means lawmakers will have to find more budget cuts in January when the legislative session reconvenes.