Senate health care bill debuts in uncertain environment

The U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act, releasing a proposal Thursday that has some key differences from the House health care overhaul.

Like the House bill, the Senate version – crafted in secrecy by 13 Republican senators – would slash Medicaid, which covers millions of Americans (including roughly 2 million Georgians); eliminate the legal requirement that almost everyone have insurance; and repeal taxes on wealthy Americans and the health care industry.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he expects the bill to come to the floor for a vote as early as next ...

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Hard-to-detect breast cancer may cluster in South Georgia

Inflammatory breast cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage than other breast cancers – and thus is often fatal.

A new Georgia State University study has found that one of the areas with high incidence of inflammatory breast cancer is in South Georgia.

The data are from 2004 to 2012, and the researchers plan to see if those cluster spots remain the same in more recent cases of the cancer.

Researchers looked at more than 20,000 cases of inflammatory breast cancer in 40 states. They found  that South Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and communities in  North Carolina appear to contain the bulk of ...

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Letter to the Editor: Say ‘No’ to GOP health legislation

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my concern over the actions of Congress on health reform. Currently, the U.S. Senate is working behind closed doors to draft legislation that could change the future of health care in America. The U.S. House of Representatives’ approach to health reform led to the truly flawed American Health Care Act (AHCA) — legislation that would weaken benefits and cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

As a family physician from Eatonton, I provide comprehensive care to my patients. The AHCA would harm many of them. Analysis of the bill shows 987,600 people in ...

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Buyer emerges to save Millen hospital from closing

A rural hospital in eastern Georgia has been saved from closure.

Optim Medical Center-Jenkins, set to close this month, announced Monday that it has been sold to GA Medical Holdings Corp.

The 25-bed “critical access’’ facility in Millen in Jenkins County was due to merge operations with another hospital in the area. It would have been the seventh Georgia rural hospital to shut down since the beginning of 2013. Two of those that closed have been revived as medical facilities, but no longer function as full-fledged hospitals.

If a last-minute buyer had not been found, Optim-Jenkins would have merged with an Optim hospital ...

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Senate health care bill debuts in uncertain environment
The U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act,...
Hard-to-detect breast cancer may cluster in South Georgia
Inflammatory breast cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage than other breast cancers...
Letter to the Editor: Say ‘No’ to GOP health legislation
Dear Editor: I am writing to express my concern over the actions of Congress...
Buyer emerges to save Millen hospital from closing
A rural hospital in eastern Georgia has been saved from closure. Optim Medical Center-Jenkins,...
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