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In search of more Medicaid dollars: ‘Go for it, Senator Unterman’

10:31 am Nov. 8, 2017

Sunday’s column focused on a budding Republican effort in Georgia, led in part by state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, to draw down more Medicaid dollars – in order to combat the state’s opioid epidemic. It began thusly:

Wednesday will mark the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States. By no coincidence, it will also be the first anniversary of the last time an expansion of

Georgians scramble after Trump kills health insurance subsidies

7:00 am Oct. 16, 2017

WASHINGTON — Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours.

An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out

Mixed reviews in Georgia for Trump’s move to lift Obamacare regs

7:00 am Oct. 13, 2017

WASHINGTON —President Donald Trump’s move to loosen some of the federal rules governing so-called associated health plans and short-term insurance on Thursday garnered mixed reaction in Georgia.

Republicans lauded the changes for increasing flexibility and competition and providing more lower-cost options to locals with few or no alternatives to Obamacare. Democrats and some health groups, meanwhile, warned it would undermine the Affordable Care Act by luring away young and healthy

Consumed by Obamacare repeal, Congress lets several beloved health programs expire

12:00 pm Oct. 3, 2017

In Washington this past week, lawmakers abandoned another all-out attempt to repeal Obamacare and then headed home to take stock.

Meanwhile in Georgia, a clinic network funded by regular federal grants halted replacement of badly needed dental chairs and stopped work on a planned contract to recruit a pediatrician.

A Houston County couple watched their health insurance crumble. The Georgia commissioner of community health drew up contingency plans.

All of that is

Key health programs at risk of lapsing as Obamacare repeal dominates D.C. debate

7:00 am Sep. 23, 2017

Nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars to keep Georgia hospitals’ indigent care afloat. Funding for the PeachCare program that along with Medicaid covers about half of Georgia’s kids. Clear answers on Obamacare subsidies that Blue Cross said it needed to keep selling individual plans in metro Atlanta.

Those are some things that Congress has not taken care of — or even, in some cases, clarified its position

Republicans try to scrap Obamacare one last time

7:00 am Sep. 20, 2017

WASHINGTON —The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare seemed all but dead this summer. Now it’s not. Again.

Against all odds, Georgians both for and against the effort are watching warily as GOP leaders try one last pass at taking down the signature health care law of the Obama administration before their ability to do so expires Sept. 30.

What exactly the legislation’s impact would be on Georgia isn’t entirely

Harvey aid, debt limit, funding fight to complicate Congress’ September

12:00 pm Sep. 5, 2017

Lawmakers return to Washington on Tuesday to face a mountain of must-pass items for September, a workload that threatens to divide lawmakers as leaders look to avoid a government shutdown, debt default and dry coffers at the emergency management agency tasked with rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey.

There are also items of state interest that Georgia lawmakers are hoping to advance, including halting cuts to charity

Georgians push for health care action as Congress returns

7:00 am Sep. 5, 2017

Carol Lander’s family premiums went up by $500 a month this year alone. Deb Vance lost her insurance subsidy because she lost her income, so then she lost her doctor. Some Atlanta small businesses need to nail down their next health insurance plans fast, but can’t, because the ground is shifting so much.

With the smoking ruins of the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare behind them, members of Congress

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,