In an unexpected move, a state agency’s board has rejected a proposal to offer an HMO option to state employees in seven metro Atlanta counties. The 6-3 vote Thursday by the Department of Community Health board reflected opposition to offering a choice of health plans in metro Atlanta but not in other areas of the state.
Georgia Community Health Commissioner Clyde Reese says the state will seek new bids on part of the lucrative state health benefits plan after a major insurance company accused the agency of rigging the process.
State officials are trying to close a shortfall of about $63 million for the health insurance plan that serves state workers and retirees. The amount is a big improvement over a multi-year deficit of more than $800 million the plan originally faced.
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.
The health insurance program for Georgia’s state employees is short about $250 million for next year. But the state’s top official in charge of teacher and state employee health plans said he doesn't expect more than a 10 percent jump in premiums next year.