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New boss to head state employee health plan

9:23 AM, Oct 8, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- The state agency in charge of health care for more than 2 million Georgians continued its administrative shake-up with the announcement Monday that Lurline Craig-Burke is the new head of the state employee health plan.

Craig-Burke has been named chief of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), which covers more than 650,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents, reports Georgia Health News.

The employee plan has been at the center of controversy in recent months, GHN adds. Last month, the Department of Community Health's board rejected a proposal to offer an HMO option to state employees in seven metro Atlanta counties, because it would not have been offered elsewhere in the state.

The agency had already chosen a single insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, to provide statewide PPO-type plans for members of the SHBP. That award, though, is under appeal by UnitedHealthcare, GHN says.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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