Another crack appeared in Georgia’s crumbling rural health system a few weeks before election day. The credit rating of a Brunswick-based hospital system was downgraded and New York analysts offered a dim view of a recovery.
Gov. Nathan Deal has spurred a buzz on Twitter with his call for a meeting Monday with Piedmont Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to resolve a breakdown in negotiations that has left thousands of patients out of network for care.
By Guest Columnist SHANE JACKSON, president of Jackson Healthcare of Alpharetta
Warren Buffet, one of the most successful businessmen in U.S. history, has called the soaring cost of healthcare a “tapeworm” on the American economy. He and two other Wall Street giants, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, have announced a joint venture in an attempt to dramatically reduce the inflationary pressure on healthcare delivery.
By Guest Columnist TAIFA BUTLER, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
Georgians can find a lot not to like in the federal budget President Trump is proposing. It jeopardizes the state’s financial stability. It promises to hurt the ability of millions of Georgians to meet basic living standards. Even Social Security disability benefits are slashed in the planned budget cuts.
Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday established a commission to evaluate Georgia’s approach to children’s mental health and recommend ways to improve it. The commission can pick up a study where a study completed in 2015 by a House committee left off.
By Guest Columnist MELITA EASTERS, founding chair and current executive director of Georgia’s WIN List
While more recent headlines have pushed aside coverage of public reaction to the House GOP passed “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act, passed during the administration of then-President Obama, there remains deep anger about the draconian nature of the legislation which may well turn the tide in two upcoming Georgia elections.
Gov. Nathan Deal and a host of civic and business leaders are slated to break ground this morning on a $100 million expansion of the headquarters of Jackson Healthcare, a healthcare staffing company that intends to add 1,400 employees over the next five years.
He’s a young, healthy guy with an independent streak, who may decide he doesn’t need health insurance when the government mandate goes away. She’s a 60-ish cancer survivor who depends on an Affordable Care Act subsidy for her continued medical care. You’ll be hearing a lot about them as the debate over the American Health Care Act unfolds.
By TAIFA SMITH BUTLER, executive director of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
This is the week state lawmakers will really get down to the business of running Georgia, now that they’ve had time to dig into the governor’s spending plan and department heads wrapped up budget presentations to legislative committees.
Emory University has come out against a proposed change in the national policy governing the distribution of livers for transplant. Emory doctors say could the proposals have a negative impact on minorities and poor folks in Georgia and the southeast in order to benefit folks in the northeast.
Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the credit outlook of Piedmont Healthcare in the wake of its acquisition of Athens Regional Medical Center. Analysts expressed concern over this part of Piedmont’s effort to hold or improve its position as the region’s second-largest health care provider, based on market share.
One Georgia hospital has received some good news in the form of an improved credit rating from Moody’s Investors Services. The upgrade comes as Georgia this week launched an effort to help struggling hospitals.