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Bad health care news for school workers

...million Georgians has drawn sharp questioning over a budget proposal involving a small fraction of them.The Department of Community Health's $13 billion budget for fiscal year 2016 would eliminate health insurance coverage for 11,500 "non-certificated...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-01-21/bad-health-care-news-sch
Top stories of 2014: Battle for Columbia County hospital continues

...University and Doctors were denied a certificate of need for a free-standing emergency department by the Georgia Department of Community Health, however, because it ruled the county was adequately served by hospitals in Augusta.University, which...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-12-30/battle-columbia-county-hospi
No takers on Georgia policy allowing rural hospitals to convert into stand-alone emergency rooms

...there as an available option for facilities to consider," said Jeremy Arieh, a spokesman for Georgia's Department of Community Health. In addition to supporting the rule change, Deal appointed a committee to study how to stabilize local hospitals...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-12-20/no-takers-georgia-policy-all
University will appeal Columbia County denial

...with University that found in favor of the third applicant, Georgia Regents.In its ruling, the Georgia Department of Community Health found all three met certain minimum standards and then turned to a series of tiebreakers to reach its decision...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-18/university-will-appeal-colum
Blue Cross Blue Shield is top pick for members in Georgia state health plan

More than 80 percent of State Health Benefit Plan members selected insurance plans from Blue Cross during its recent open enrollment.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/health/2014-12-13/blue-cross-blue-shield-top-p
Blue Cross state health plan favorite

ATLANTA -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia will remain the dominant insurer for the state's high-profile employee health plan.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-12/blue-cross-state-health-plan
University, Doctors appeal Columbia County decision

...of need in a joint decision by the Georgia Department of Community Health.Whoever builds the 100-bed general acute...days to appeal to the commissioner of the Department of Community Health."That's almost certainly going to happen...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-23/university-doctors-appeal-co
Is a certificate of need needless? Hospital issue still ripe for debate

...these hospitals is a Certificate of Need!The Certificate of Need Program is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Health. The program was established by the General Assembly in 1979. The stated intended goals are:? to measure and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2014-12-14/certificate-need
Georgia Regents wins Columbia County hospital bid

...Columbia County, the Georgia Department of Community Health decided Wednesday. But...We are pleased with the Department of Community Health's decision to embrace...the decision made by the Department of Community Health and we will be appealing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-11-26/georgia-regents-wins-columbia-count
University Hospital considering an appeal of the bid decision for Columbia County hospital

University Hospital officials are considering an appeal of last week's decision by the state Department of Community Health to award a Certificate of Need to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build Columbia County's first hospital...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2014-12-01/university-hospital-cons