U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson will lead a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee field hearing Wednesday about problems at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He wants the public to hear how the Department of Veterans Affairs is correcting those issues, which were linked to the suicides of three mental health patients.
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.
A spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal says the governor is proposing a plan that would allow lawmakers to avoid an explicit vote on whether to extend an expiring hospital industry tax that helps finance Georgia's health care system.
The chairman of a House study committee looking at Georgia's health benefit plan said the state might require employees to disclose dangerous activities like, skydiving and riding motorcycles. State Representative Carl Rogers, a Gainesville Republican, said Thursday that the panel is looking to bring down skyrocketing costs in the state health plan.