Health Insurance

Georgia Lawmakers Look to Tackle Surprise Medical Bills

Feb 20, 2020

Legislation that would protect some patients in Georgia from surprise medical bills that can run to tens of thousands of dollars is gaining momentum at the state Capitol.

A Georgia Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a doctor or at a hospital that is not within their network of medical providers. It would also limit patient liability for those charges. About half the states in the U.S. have approved laws that regulate surprise billing.

WellStar Health System

Earlier this week, the service contract between WellStar Health System in northwest Atlanta and health insurer Anthem expired after ongoing disputes couldn’t be resolved.

The end of the contract leaves thousands of WellStar patients in a lurch as their long-time providers are now out of network. Read more.

Georgia Health News

In the midst of election frenzy, the 2019 enrollment period for the Obamacare health insurance exchange quietly opened last week.

This week on the Georgia Health Report, we’ll discuss what enrollees can expect this year in terms of choice, cost, and how new how Trump administration policies are affecting the exchanges. Read more.

With health premiums on the rise for most workers in the U.S., Georgia teachers and state employees can breathe a sigh of relief. Georgia's Department of Community Health announced last week that teachers and state employees would not see any increase in their health premiums for 2019.

Pete Souza

The Affordable Care Act is once again facing political and legal pressure. A lawsuit threatens to overturn the ACA, which would reverse one of the law's most popular provisions -- protections for people with pre-existing health conditions.