Stories by Andy Miller

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mega-merger would bolster Blue Cross in Georgia

ATLANTA — Anthem’s agreement to buy Cigna for $48 billion, if consummated, would cement the dominant position of Georgia’s leading health insurer.
By Andy Miller

Monday, July 13, 2015

The sad rate of mothers dying in childbirth

ATLANTA -- "Maternal mortality" has haunted Georgia public health and medical officials for years.
By Andy Miller

Monday, June 29, 2015

Smoking not extinguished in bars, restaurants

ATLANTA -- Ten years ago, the Georgia Legislature passed a law prohibiting smoking in bars and restaurants. It was promoted as a way to improve "the health, comfort and environment'' of Georgians.
By Andy Miller

Friday, June 19, 2015

Deadline looms for Georgia, Feds

Georgia is "waiting to hear'' from the U.S. Department of Justice about what the federal agency plans to do after the June 30 expiration of the settlement agreement.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ga. below average on injury related deaths

ATLANTA -- Georgia trails the nation in one statistic ... and it's a good thing.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Program helps parents help children

Early wanderings by a child are a challenge for any parent, but in some cases, they can be especially dangerous.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Synthetic marijuana dangers rising

ATLANTA -- Georgia and other states are seeing a rise in poison center calls that are linked to use of synthetic marijuana.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Governor names human services chief

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal's choice to head the Department of Human Services would take over an agency that has been under considerable pressure in recent years.
By Andy Miller

Monday, June 8, 2015

Feds make pitch for Ga. Medicaid expansion

ATLANTA -- The Obama administration rolled out new statistics this month to buttress the argument that Georgia should expand its Medicaid program.
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Health insurance costs spike

ATLANTA -- Many Georgians could face double-digit increases in their health insurance premiums next year, based on initial rates sought by insurers.
By Andy Miller

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Georgia smoking rate drops

Georgia's smoking percentage is lower than other Southern states except for Florida, at 16.8 percent, and Texas, at 15.9 percent.
By Andy Miller

Friday, April 24, 2015

Grady Hospital unit settles overbilling case

ATLANTA -- Grady Health System has agreed to pay $2.95 million to settle charges that it improperly billed Medicaid for treatment to neonatal intensive care patients, the Georgia attorney general ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ga. fires back on nursing home payments

ATLANTA -- The commissioner of Georgia's Medicaid agency has written a sharply worded defense of nursing home payments now deemed improper by the federal government.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ga. health legislation: Winners and losers

ATLANTA -- With the 2015 General Assembly session ending last week, here's a list of the health care winners and losers during the 40 days of the Legislature.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Autism bill looks stalled in Ga. House

ATLANTA -- The fight over autism treatment coverage continued, pitting organizations concerned about costs against advocates for the most effective services for children.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lawmakers give doctors Medicaid boost

ATLANTA -- A state Senate panel gave Georgia primary care doctors a potential financial boost Wednesday, putting millions of dollars into the state budget for a pay raise to deliver services to ...
By Andy Miller

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ga. insurance exchange rates steady

ATLANTA -- Premiums in Georgia's insurance exchange showed only a slight increase in 2015, as compared with the South overall and the nation as a whole, according to a new analysis released Tuesday.
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 12, 2015

State reviews 'stop smoking' benefits

ATLANTA -- State insurance officials are investigating whether health insurers are covering tobacco-cessation products as a free benefit, as required under the Affordable Care Act.
By Andy Miller

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

School worker insurance cuts worry lawmakers

ATLANTA -- The budget issue that has most rattled the General Assembly this year involves the proposed elimination of health insurance for 11,500 part-time school employees, mainly bus drivers and ...
By Andy Miller

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ga. eyes insurance overhaul

ATLANTA -- Georgia lawmakers are considering insurance bills that would create major changes in health plan networks in the state.
By Andy Miller
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