Second HMO offering to Atlanta-area state employees denied | Online Athens

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Sep

Second HMO offering to Atlanta-area state employees denied | Online Athens

In an unexpected move, a state agency’s board has rejected a proposal to offer an HMO option to state employees in seven metro Atlanta counties.

The 6-3 vote Thursday by the Department of Community Health board reflected opposition to offering a choice of health plans in metro Atlanta, but not in other areas of the state.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia emerged as the winner of a separate, “regional” HMO contract for the state health plan, Community Health officials said Thursday before the vote.

Board member Richard Jackson said the regional option created a problem of inequality. “To me, all people should have options,” he said prior to the vote.

The Community Health board decision continues the turmoil surrounding the lucrative contract for the state employee plan.

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