Business leaders, academics, non-profits, community groups and others are meeting in northeast Georgia this week for the Third Annual GeorgiaForward forum. The goal of the two-day event, which starts Wednesday, is to collaborate on improving the state's future.
Contract negotiations between Northeast Georgia Health System and insurer UnitedHealthcare are down to the wire, with the current contract set to expire at midnight Tuesday. This is the second contract between a Georgia provider and an insurer to go to the last minute in as many weeks. And it likely won’t be the last.
Northeast Georgia Health System is joining a $20 million federal project to improve coordination of healthcare between doctors, hospitals and specialists. The Gainesville system will help expand the idea of a “patient-centered medical home” into a “medical neighborhood.”
Georgia Democrats say they will propose a bill creating a healthcare exchange if Republican lawmakers don’t. They also say they’ve filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Pres. Obama’s healthcare reform law.
A federal agency says Georgia, along with a dozen other states, falls short in offering consumers appeal options when they can’t get health insurance. The states must make fixes by January 1st. The national health reform law calls for a broader range of appeals options for people who can’t get coverage or payment on a claim. That means more consumers for the first time will have the right to have an independent panel review their case.
The Obama administration has decided not to ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul.