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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Both of Georgia’s senators are expected to vote in favor of the latest version of the Senate health care plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which was released Thursday.

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Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is proposing an average increase of 40 percent to insurance premiums on the individual marketplace next year through the Affordable Care Act. The proposed rate hikes come as Congress continues to debate health care.

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Where Are The Most Georgians Uninsured?

Jun 6, 2017

New government figures show Medicare spending on breakthrough medications for hepatitis C will nearly double this year, passing $9 billion.

That's going to raise insurance costs for all beneficiaries, whether or not they have the liver-wasting disease.

Cost estimates show that Medicare's popular prescription drug program will spend more than $9 billion on hepatitis C drugs this year, a 96 percent increase from $4.7 billion in 2014.

Dr. Ileana Fuentes, left, examines Cardji Caliste, 7, at the Borinquen Health Care Center, Monday, April 15, 2013, in Miami. Caliste is covered by Medicaid, was visiting the clinic with her mother for neck pain due to a recent car accident.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

About 9.9 million people have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, the administration said Tuesday, a slight dip from a previous count but on track toward the administration's year-end goal of 9.1 million.

The Department of Health and Human Services said that 84 percent of those, or more than 8.3 million, were receiving tax subsidies to help with the cost. A Supreme Court decision earlier this summer upheld insurance subsidies in all 50 states, a major victory for the White House.