A wild day in health care at the state Capitol on Tuesday began with a morning legislative hearing on something Democrats have sought for years: Medicaid expansion.
No vote was taken on the expansion legislation, which was presented to the House Appropriations subcommittee on health.
The day also included a health panel passing two bills to protect the elderly and disabled from abuse and exploitation. And later, events progressed to a standoff over a Georgia Board of Nursing proposal, and culminated with a House panel surprising the hospital industry by passing a bill that would ease state restrictions on a sports medicine center to ...
Georgia’s death toll from Alzheimer’s disease has increased by 201 percent since the year 2000, and now exceeds 3,700 people annually.
That jump was included in new statistics on the disease released Tuesday by the Alzheimer’s Association at a state Capitol news conference.
An estimated 140,000 Georgians are living with Alzheimer’s, and the number is expected to rise to 190,000 by 2025.
It’s the sixth-leading cause of death in Georgia, said Alzheimer’s Association officials. The 3,714 Georgia deaths reported Tuesday occurred in 2015, the latest year for which full statistics are available.
Mortality from Alzheimer’s has increased nationally as well, but the rate of increase is 123 percent, notably ...
A leading AIDS researcher who is also an expert in treating heroin addiction is the top candidate to head the Atlanta-based CDC, according to news reports.
Dr. Robert Redfield, 66, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, would replace Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, a Georgia physician who resigned as CDC director in January after a news report about the purchase of tobacco stock for her investment portfolio after she assumed her job.
Redfield, if appointed as CDC director, would head an agency that has a strong Atlanta presence. The majority of the 23,000 CDC employees and contractors are ...
A legislative proposal that has passed the Georgia House would intertwine hospital finances and individuals’ income tax returns.
House Bill 81, sponsored by Rep. Tom McCall, an Elberton Republican, would allow public hospitals to seize patients’ income tax returns over unpaid medical bills. The debt would have to be at least $25 for the hospital to try to take the patient’s refund.
Former state Rep. Geoff Duncan, a Cumming Republican, opposes the measure, calling it “shocking.’’
In a new GHN Commentary, Duncan, who is running for lieutenant governor, says the legislation “is a blatant attempt by our state government to intervene in the ...