Healthcare


Emergency sign
“When every second counts, you can count on Piedmont” reads the Emergency Services page on Piedmont Healthcare’s website. The same page on the website of St. Mary’s Hospital, also in Athens, promises “faster emergency care, by design.” But how can these hospitals make good on their promises when patients don’t […]

Does Every Second Count? For-Profit Ambulance Service Creates Problems


With the failure of Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to reach an agreement by March 31, the time seemed right to post this blog entry from A4E member Tom Weiner, which argues for Medicare for All. (Note: Rep. Deborah Gonzalez introduced a Medicare for All bill […]

Angry About Your Healthcare? Medicare for All Might Help


Save My Care! Rally to be held on February 20 at Liberty Plaza in Atlanta Buses will depart from Athens to the event, sign up here for a seat on the bus. With Congress taking steps to strip access to health care from 30 million Americans, it’s never been more […]

Demand Healthcare Access be Expanded Not Cut!



Athens for Everyone held a forum on healthcare policy on October 8, 2016.  Topics included hospital consolidation, medicaid expansion, mental healthcare access and generally how healthcare policy impacts patients in Northeast Georgia. Panelists included Whitney Griggs, Outreach and Engagement Manager with Georgians for a Healthy Future; Dr. Charles Peck, CEO […]

Healthcare Policy Summit [VIDEO]


Just last month the ACC Commission unanimously approved a deal for Piedmont Heathcare to take over Athens Regional. As the last details of the deal are settled, it has come to light that Piedmont Healthcare’s “network agreement” with health insurance giant UnitedHeathCare will expire on June 30 of this year. […]

Athens Regional May Drop UnitedHealthCare Insurance From Network


Medicaid Now!
Every year, the ACC Mayor & Commission come up with a list of legislative concerns to present to our local Georgia Legislators. At the October Mayor & Commission Work Session, Medicaid Expansion was brought up but quickly dismissed and not added to the list.  Finally, advocates have convinced them to […]

[VIDEO] ACC Commission to Request Medicaid Expansion From State Legislators



In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), colloquially known as ‘Obamacare,’ was signed into law. The purpose of the law is to provide health insurance to many uninsured Americans while lowering the cost of healthcare. However, it has been left to the states whether or not to […]

Healthcare is a Human Right