Health Care

Georgia Budget Primer 2017

July 19, 2016
Where does the money for Georgia’s $23.7 billion budget come from this year? How has the new transportation funding package affected state revenue? Is Georgia finally funding K-12 education at the level called for in its own formula? GBPI’s “Georgia Budget Primer 2017” answers these questions and many more in… [Read more]

Charlton Ranks Among Georgia Counties With Dire Health Provider Shortages

July 1, 2016
Nearly two-thirds of Georgia’s counties fall below the statewide average number of nurses, physician assistants, total doctors and primary care doctors per 100,000 residents. In many rural counties, shortages reflect financial ills in local health care systems, even hospital closures. Community health care cornerstones like Charlton Memorial Hospital closed across… [Read more]

Time to Remedy Georgia’s Health Care Provider Shortages

June 30, 2016
As published in the AJC June 26, 2016 Georgia needs a health care system that is sustainable. The state needs to focus on promising solutions to its health care crisis and not waste time gazing in the rear view mirror at missed opportunities. When a hospital closes, as one in… [Read more]

Prescribing Remedies for Georgia’s Medical Provider Shortage

June 16, 2016
Local access to health professionals varies widely across Georgia, from relative availability in populous Fulton County to the daunting challenge found in many rural communities. State trends mask the nuanced differences among Georgia’s regions. Evidence indicates nearly two-thirds of Georgia’s counties fall below the statewide average number for each professional… [Read more]

Several remedies show promise for Georgia’s health care provider shortage

June 16, 2016
Ellijay’s North Georgia Medical Center closed last week, the state’s latest rural hospital to shutter. /GBPI staff photo. Last week, the North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay, Georgia closed and left yet another county with a shortage of hospital beds.  In light of this and other recent hospital closures, a… [Read more]

Georgia Misses Big Opportunity to Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

April 22, 2016
First published in the SW Georgia Health Beat on page 23. The good news is Georgia lawmakers understand something must be done to help the state’s struggling rural hospitals. Calhoun Memorial Hospital closed in Arlington in recent years, as did Flint River Hospital in Macon County and too many others… [Read more]

Tax Credit for Contributions to Rural Hospitals: Updated Bill Analysis

March 10, 2016
The Georgia House of Representatives has passed a $100 million tax credit program for individual and corporate donations to hospitals in rural or nearly-rural Georgia communities. House Bill 919 is designed to create private investment incentives for rural hospitals to help shore up their finances. The flawed legislation contains very… [Read more]

Overview: 2017 Budget for Department of Community Health

February 2, 2016
The proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year starting July 1, 2016 directs $2.59 billion from the general fund to the Department of Community Health, excluding money for attached agencies. This is an increase of $157 million, or 6.5 percent, compared to the 2016 budget, though $46.5 million of that… [Read more]

Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It

September 23, 2015
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and Georgians for a Healthy Future today announce the joint release of  “Understanding Medicaid in Georgia and the Opportunity to Improve It.” In this three-part booklet you will find infographics, new data and compelling charts that simplify the complex issue of Medicaid in Georgia.… [Read more]

Missed Opportunity to Extend Health Care to More Georgians

April 2, 2015
Georgia is home to the fifth most residents without health coverage of any state according to 2013 data, the latest available. Despite this poor ranking, Georgia’s leaders continue to refuse new federal funding to close Georgia’s coverage gap. Accepting this money could extend health coverage to as many as 500,000… [Read more]