MAY 4, 2017
House OKs GOP health bill, a step toward Obamacare repeal
Associated Press
Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago. | READ MORE
Aetna takes 1Q loss on failed Humana bid, ups 2017 forecast
ABC News
Aetna booked a $381-million, first-quarter loss mainly due to its failed bid for rival Humana, but the nation's third largest health insurer still beat earnings expectations and raised its 2017 forecast. | READ MORE
Anthem Blue Cross nears 60% value-based care spend
Forbes
Anthem’s top executive says the health insurer is paying out 58 percent of its reimbursements via value-based care models that are quickly dominating the U.S. medical system. | READ MORE
Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law
Associated Press
Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law. | READ MORE
Governor signs bill designating hospitals by level of cardiac care
Gainesville Times
Gov. Nathan Deal traveled to Gainesville Tuesday to sign a bill designating three levels of cardiac care, which officials said will help patients and emergency responders better understand where to transport those who have had a heart attack. | READ MORE
Georgia health navigators concerned about their future
Online Athens
Harold Weber is what’s known as a navigator.He has been helping people choose the right health insurance plan since 2013, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. | READ MORE
Georgians with disabilities don’t get required help to renew benefits, suit says
Georgia Health News
Three Georgians with disabilities have filed a lawsuit alleging that state agencies have failed to provide accommodations to help them maintain their eligibility for food stamps and Medicaid. | READ MORE
Eye on Gainesville – Opioids (features MAG Foundation ‘Think About It’ campaign) 
City of Gainesville
Dallas Gay joins the host of 'Eye on Gainesville' to tell the story of his grandson, who died of a drug overdose. | READ MORE
New deals for drugs: No heart attack or your money back
Associated Press
Warranties and money-back guarantees, long used to entice buyers of products like hand tools and kitchen gadgets, are now being used to sell something more crucial: pricey new-generation drugs for diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. | READ MORE
Women doctors earn less – and not because of the jobs they choose
Bloomberg
America's women doctors aren't earning less than men because of the fields they've chosen. Even women in some of the highest-paying medical specialties make much less than their male colleagues. | READ MORE
Memorial buyer HCA purchases Waycross hospital
Business in Savannah
On Monday, Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross became the latest hospital to join for-profit health care giant Hospital Corporation of America, integrating into the company’s South Atlantic Division and adopting a new name - Memorial Satilla Health. | READ MORE
Reports show potential loss to Phoebe after new hospital
WFXL
Phoebe Putney can potentially face millions of dollars in annual losses. With a new hospital coming to Lee County, Phoebe will lose patients, who are closer to the Lee County hospital. | READ MORE
Jackson Healthcare launches expansion, plans 1,400 new jobs
Georgia Health News
The demand for health care services is growing. So is the need for physicians and other professionals to deliver these services, especially with the aging of the Baby Boom generation. | READ MORE
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