“Opponents: Emory/WellStar Merger Talks Lack Transparency”

Georgia Watch submitted public comments on the possible Emory WellStar merger to the health systems yesterday.  You can read our press release and comments on this site.  Health Access Program Director Beth Stephens was interviewed by WABE’s Jim Burress today about …

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Georgia Watch submits public comment on Emory WellStar merger

Georgia Watch’s Health Access Program submitted comments yesterday to both Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System expressing deep concern about the potential Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System merger.  You can see the Press Release here.  “Nationwide, hospital consolidation is leading to higher prices …

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Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee issues final report but overlooks Medicaid expansion

On February 23, 2015, the Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee (RHSC), formed by Governor Deal, issued a final report outlining its suggested solutions for Georgia’s struggling rural hospitals.  While we support the Committee’s recommendations, we joined fellow advocacy organizations in expressing …

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Premium tax credits in jeopardy: Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell on March 4th

Written by Lindsey Stephens, Duke Law School Extern, and Beth Stephens, Health Access Program Director On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell.  At issue is whether the advance premium tax credits …

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“Refugees are the focus of Atlanta Obamacare enrollment”

Elise Blasingame, Director of Community Education, was interviewed on WABE last Friday to discuss Georgia Watch’s dedication to serving the refugee communities of Georgia. Listen here. Georgia Watch’s satellite locations in Cobb and DeKalb Counties have been heavily utilized by …

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Feds publish final regulations for nonprofit hospitals

Written by Beth Stephens, Health Access Program Director, and Lindsey Stephens, Duke Law School Extern On December 31, 2014, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued long-awaited final regulations that clarify requirements for nonprofit hospitals regarding their financial assistance policies and the methods …

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