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A health insurance corporation lobs a shot across President Trump’s bow

10:04 am Aug. 8, 2017

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Blue Cross Blue Shield will drop individual health insurance coverage in metro Atlanta in 2018, but will remain in the 96 counties where the company is the only insurance provider, according to the report that leads today’s newspaper,

Georgia hospitals in line to lose millions due to inaction on health care

6:00 am Aug. 7, 2017

Officials at Grady Memorial and dozens of other Georgia hospitals breathed a sigh of relief when the GOP plan to scale back Medicaid recently failed in the U.S. Senate. But now, they say, they face a different threat.

If Congress doesn’t act by early October, dozens of so-called safety-net hospitals such as Grady will lose tens of millions of dollars in federal reimbursements for care they provide to Medicaid

Shock, anger, relief in Georgia after health care effort tanks

12:00 pm Jul. 31, 2017

Christy Nelson survived thyroid cancer but has been fighting insomnia for months, terrified of the GOP effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. She and her husband, who has Crohn’s disease, depend on protections for pre-existing conditions to afford health coverage, and following the collapse of the repeal effort their relief is only slowly starting to bloom. “We are a family scared to death,” she said. “This has been a

With collapse of Senate GOP effort, a sigh of relief from Georgia hospitals

9:41 am Jul. 28, 2017

In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory.

Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and CEO of the Georgia Hospital Association:

“The proposals being considered last night by the U.S.

Updated: Perdue, Isakson back every major Senate GOP health care proposal

7:50 am Jul. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — If you’re having trouble keeping track of the various health care proposals floating around the Senate, you’re not alone.

As GOP leaders looked to cobble together 50 votes behind an Obamacare replacement plan this week — any plan, really — they put a ton of proposals up for test votes. Georgia’s two Republican U.S. senators, Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, backed every major health care measure that came before

Perdue, Isakson’s votes to repeal parts of Obamacare not enough to save effort

7:31 am Jul. 28, 2017

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s two Republican U.S. Senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, voted in the wee hours of the morning on Friday to back a scaled-back plan to repeal parts of Obamacare, but their support was not enough to save the GOP’s eleventh-hour gambit, which was narrowly rejected 49-51.

The dramatic vote came shortly before 2 a.m. — with Perdue presiding over the chamber, no less — and only a