DECEMBER 20, 2018
Obamacare ruling hits home in Georgia
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Texas judge on Friday evening struck down the entire Affordable Care Act nationwide. If the ruling is upheld, it will impact far more than the half-million Georgians who have an insurance plan through the health care exchange. READ MORE
Georgia AG Carr touts Obamacare ruling in suit Georgia helped bring
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Reaction in Georgia was swift to a ruling Friday night from a federal judge in Texas striking down the entire Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. | READ MORE
Opinion: The fight to kill Obamacare and the families it upends
Atlanta Journal Constitution
On Saturday, I clicked on and learned a federal judge in Texas had struck down the Affordable Care Act. The story quoted Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, one of the soldiers in this campaign, blithely touting his office’s good work in undermining a “constitutionally flawed law.” | READ MORE
Expansion of Medicaid for Georgia’s poor on the table, with a twist
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A leading Georgia state senator voiced full-throated support for expanding government health coverage for the poor under a federal “waiver,” similar to what Vice President Mike Pence did when he was governor of Indiana. | READ MORE
Georgia up slightly in state health rankings, but still on lower end
Georgia Health News
Georgia improved two spots in a national ranking of the healthiest states, ranking 39th in the latest evaluation by the United Health Foundation. | READ MORE
Effort to change Georgia’s CON laws gains more momentum
Georgia Health News
Following a similar move by a House panel, a Georgia Senate study committee has proposed some major changes in the state’s health care regulatory structure known as certificate of need (CON). | READ MORE
As flu season gets rolling, Georgia hit harder than any state
Georgia Health News
The most recent CDC national data showed Georgia had the highest level of flu activity in the United States. | READ MORE
Federal judge suggests CVS-Aetna be monitored by outside appointee
In a packed courtroom hearing Tuesday, D.C. District Court Judge Richard Leon suggested CVS Health appoint a monitor to keep a close eye on suggested separations between CVS and Aetna. | READ MORE
U.S. urges doctors to write more Rx for overdose antidote
The Associated Press
The U.S. government told doctors Wednesday to consider prescribing medications that reverse overdoses to many more patients who take opioid painkillers in a move that could add more than $1 billion in health care costs. | READ MORE
In Atlanta, U.S. Surgeon General outlines community health plan
GPB News
Americans are living longer, but, as a whole, are sicker. The U.S. spends far more on health care per person than other high-income countries yet lags behind on a range of health indicators. | READ MORE
Northside making lots of moves even as Gwinnett merger has stalled
Georgia Health News
The mysterious delay in the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System is continuing, month after month. | READ MORE
Augusta clinic for uninsured wants to build own facility
The Augusta Chronicle
The small waiting room in the Augusta University Health Sciences Building fills up quickly on the first and third Wednesday of each month. | READ MORE
What place does faith have in the health care business?
Georgia Health News
Denny DeSimone, who doesn’t consider herself to be a religious person, had to get used to faith in the workplace when she began working at Gordon Hospital in Calhoun. | READ MORE
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