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How healthy is your city? A newly released “City Health Dashboard’’ tracks 36 measures affecting health for the 500 largest U.S. cities – those with populations of about 66,000 or more. In Georgia, 11 cities were measured on factors... Read more

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A new coating for medical devices that are inserted into the body could help... Read more

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Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief
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Huge hospital merger still unfinished after state’s OK
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Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief

Insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner.

Laws will face Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, in the November election.

Both Laws and Beck won their party primaries easily on Tuesday, capturing around 60 percent of the vote. Beck defeated Jay Florence, who was until recently deputy insurance commissioner, and pharmacist Tracy Jordan.

The party nominees will vie to succeed Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, who decided not to seek a third term. Hudgens supported Florence in the primary.

The job is an important one, as insurance issues have become ...

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Huge hospital merger still unfinished after state’s OK

Six months after getting state approval, the mega-merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System remains unfinished business.

The potential deal was originally announced in 2015, with a projected completion date of early the following year. But it has dragged out way beyond that. Even last year, there were still details to be worked out between the two organizations, GHN reported.

 

A Northside spokeswoman said Monday that the system is “still awaiting’’ approval from the Federal Trade Commission.

Betsy Lordan, a spokeswoman for the federal agency, which scrutinizes mergers for anti-competitive problems, told GHN on Monday that she “can’t confirm or deny whether the FTC is investigating ...

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New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians

A new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019.

The Urban Institute policy brief, released Wednesday, is the latest to predict the effect of expansion on the state.

Georgia is among 19 states that have not expanded Medicaid as outlined by the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Nathan Deal and his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature have rejected the move as too costly for the state. They have stood against expansion since the ACA was passed.

Medicaid expansion is generally supported by Democratic officials in Georgia, and may be an issue in ...

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A political race that has big implications for health care 

Georgia’s high rate of people without health insurance.

Soaring premiums for auto insurance.

The potential for Medicaid expansion. Health care contract disputes.

In what’s shaping up as a pivotal race for Georgia’s next insurance commissioner, many of the prominent issues are related to health care coverage.

Three Republicans and two Democrats are on the ballot in next Tuesday’s primaries, and the parties’ nominees will go on to face each other in November as they vie to succeed retiring Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

Here are links to the two debates, sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and featuring the Republican and Democratic candidates for insurance commissioner.

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