Checking Up On Health: April 16, 2013

Louisiana’s Attorney General says the governor does not need legislative approval to privatize public hospitals.

Register for April 23 Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION April 3, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register for April 23 Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia Atlanta – “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” is the topic of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with panelists Dr. Jeffrey English of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: April 2, 2013

Today is the sixth World Autism Awareness Day.

What Farmers Can Teach Physicians

The right approach to health care is to reduce demand in by empowering patients with information and access, not to limit health care.

Checking Up On Health: March 26, 2013

Allergy-free apples, a better Botox and more drugs in the pipeline for the nation’s aging population.

Checking Up On Health: March 5, 2013

Do wellness programs help or hinder? It depends. They seem to produce a healthier workforce, but it may take time to reduce health care costs for employers.

Checking Up On Health: January 29, 2013

More money for small companies’ biotech R&D, less money for ObamaCare ‘cost savings,’ overworked physicians and more.

Checking Up On Health: January 22, 2013

It’s not an exchange, it’s the marketplace; what hospital mergers are doing to costs and what XBox Kinect has to do with health care.

Checking Up On Health: January 8, 2013

What happens if your company drops your coverage? If you want to use a private provider instead of Medicare?

Friday Facts: October 26, 2012

Did you now that between 1992-2009, Georgia’s student population grea 41 percent and school personnel grew 80 percent?

Checking Up On Health

Becker’s Hospital CEO Report quizzed nine health care professionals on how U.S. health care costs have gotten out of control in the past 10-plus years and what more needs to be done

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What does the boss think of the new federal health law? Nearly two-thirds of employers see it as a step in the wrong direction,

Why States Are Reluctant on National Health Care Reform

By Dennis G. Smith The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) guarantees the debate over health care will continue. Supporters of the PPACA want to convince the public that everything is settled and any opposition is just politics. But opponents are not out to score political points. We believe now, as we did two years ago, that the economic assumptions used in the debate are flawed and the policies are wrong for the nation. Since the court’s decision, the law’s supporters insist … Continue Reading →

Why Penalize Georgia Families for Buying Health Insurance?

By Kelly McCutchen What if someone proposed a law to tax working families $5,000 or more if they purchase health insurance? Such legislation would have no chance of passing. Yet it is, in effect, a painful reality for many Georgia families. More than 400,000 Georgians work in small businesses that don’t offer health insurance. A fundamental flaw in the federal tax code since the 1940s excludes these individuals from the massive tax exemptions available through employer-purchased health insurance. Here’s a typical case of how the penalty hurts families: “Kenny” was … Continue Reading →

Panel: Georgia Should Establish Health Insurance Marketplace

Georgia should establish a small business health insurance marketplace outside the “additional layers of cost, complexity and rigidity” associated with federal health care reform mandates. That is the recommendation from a twenty-five member committee appointed by Governor Nathan Deal.   The political question will soon become:  Should Georgia begin that process now or wait until after next summer’s highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court health care reform decision? The Georgia Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Committee report issued Monday proposed development of an exchange “through private or limited quasi-governmental means” as either a … Continue Reading →