Georgia lawmakers may consider boosting the state’s annual tax credit for rural hospitals from $60 million to $100 million when the new legislature arrives for work in January. The effort to bring more money to financially struggling rural hospitals is
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State lawmakers introduced several bills this year aiming to improve access to health care in rural Georgia. Six rural Georgia hospitals closed since 2013 and the state’s high rate of uninsured means many people in rural communities lack health coverage.
Gov. Nathan Deal proposes a 2019 budget of $2.79 billion in state general funds for the Department of Community Health. This is an increase of $249.2 million from the 2018 fiscal year, mostly to replace non-recurring court settlement funds in
Each day as Ginger Peebles watches daughter Brenlee grow, she sees the importance of having a hospital close by that delivers babies. Brenlee’s birth was touch-and-go after Peebles realized something was wrong. “I couldn’t feel the baby move, and my
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) proposes substantial cuts to Medicaid and changes in the insurance marketplace sure to jeopardize health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of Georgians, hammer hospitals statewide and shift significant costs to the state. The
Georgia approaches a critical juncture for leaders to remedy its strained health care system and close the insurance coverage gap through Medicaid expansion. State lawmakers sound more open than ever to accepting billions of federal dollars that can provide access
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.
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
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
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 newly released report from GBPI outlines potential solutions