The effort to reduce “surprise’’ medical bills in Georgia took another key step Thursday with legislation passing a Senate health committee.
Senate Bill 359 is similar to but broader than a proposal that has already passed the House. The Senate version has provisions on payment for non-network medical services that the insurance industry opposes.
Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, a Rome Republican who’s the lead sponsor of 359, said the legislation aims to take the consumer out of the middle of the battle over payments for emergency care between insurers, doctors and hospitals.
The General Assembly has considered several proposals on surprise billing over the ...
Cigna has named Bryan Holgerson its new market president for its health benefits plans in Georgia and Alabama.
Holgerson, based in Atlanta, has been serving as a senior leader for Cigna’s national accounts business.
“Bryan is a highly respected, proven leader who will continue to move Cigna forward as the partner of choice in the market,” Rich Novack, Cigna vice president, U.S. markets, said in a statement Wednesday. “His high-energy, thoughtful leadership and expertise in executing strategy will be an asset to his team, our customers and clients in Georgia and Alabama.”
Holgerson began his career with Cigna in 2001 as part of ...
A Georgia House panel approved a measure Wednesday that would allow a “modified risk’’ tobacco product to have a tax that’s half of what exists now for cigarettes sold in the state.
The FDA has yet to approve such a product to be sold in the U.S. — or to be marketed as being less harmful.
Nevertheless, a subcommittee of the House Ways & Means Committee, on a 5-2 vote, passed House Bill 877. The main sponsor of the bill, Chad Nimmer, a Blackshear Republican, told the lawmakers that the bill does not seek to lure teenagers into ...
A gun control advocacy group says it was expecting about 200 people at a Wednesday rally at the state Capitol.
But hundreds more than that showed up, many in red T-shirts filling Liberty Plaza, across from the Capitol building. Organizers estimated the number at 1,500.
It was clear what drove the higher turnout. “Parkland happened,’’ said Laura Driscoll, one of the Georgia leaders of Moms Demand Action, who joined the rally.
A shooting spree at a Parkland, Fla., high school last week left 17 people dead and has renewed calls for increased gun regulations.
Some students who survived the Parkland shooting are calling for increased gun ...