A hospital crisis is killing rural communities. This state is ‘Ground Zero’

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Special Report: Inside three Georgia counties that have struggled to keep their vulnerable hospitals ― and futures  ― alive This article was produced through a partnership between Georgia Health News and HuffPost. It was written by HuffPost reporter Lauren... Read more

There’s lead in that?!

Feature Sep 13, 2017 0

PART  FIVE OF SPECIAL REPORT By Brenda Goodman, Elizabeth Fite and Andy Miller Brenda... Read more

As lead poisoned a child, a slow state response

Feature Sep 6, 2017 1

PART  FOUR OF SPECIAL REPORT By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller Brenda Goodman is... Read more
Study: Georgia would see big gains under GOP bill, but not long term

Georgia and several other Southern states initially would gain in federal health care funding under a Republican bill speeding through the U.S. Senate, a new analysis finds.

But that effect would begin to wear off after a decade from now, and ultimately could lead to losses for all states as compared with current funding streams, according to the study by consulting firm Avalere Health, released Wednesday.

The Graham-Cassidy bill – named for its Republican sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana — would get rid of many Affordable Care Act provisions, including states’ expansion of their Medicaid programs.

It would ...

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Employer survey shows wide variation in consumer benefits costs

A new survey of employer benefits underscores a central fact about health insurance: Where you get coverage can make a huge financial difference.

Premiums for employer-sponsored family coverage rose an average of 3 percent this year, to a total of to $18,764, according to an employer benefits survey of employers released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

The 3 percent rise continues a six-year streak of modest increases.

Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation, noted that employers’ premiums rose far less than the 20 percent average in the Affordable Care Act exchanges, which provide coverage for those who ...

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Irma medical evacuees make it home safe

The last of Georgia’s medical evacuees from Tropical Storm Irma returned home Monday, Public Health officials said.

“There were no public health issues that we are aware of during the evacuation or return home,’’ said Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Hundreds in Georgia became medical evacuees prior to the storm hitting the state Sept. 11, according to industry officials.

There were no reports of deaths of any of the evacuated hospital patients and nursing home residents, the Georgia Hospital Association said.

Some Georgia hospitals had to switch to generator power after Irma — which had plowed through Florida as a ...

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Key federal health funds may not get OK in time

Tens of millions of dollars in government funding for Georgia health care faces a dangerous deadline in less than two weeks.

And while experts believe that much of the funding, if not all, will be renewed by Oct. 1 or afterward, there are no guarantees, with a fractious Washington dealing with the bitter aftermath of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The money at risk includes funding for a popular children’s health insurance; Medicaid funds for hospitals that deliver a high level of indigent care; and financial support for community health centers.

And there’s about $10 million at risk for rural hospitals in Georgia ...

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Study: Georgia would see big gains under GOP bill, but not long term
Georgia and several other Southern states initially would gain in federal health care funding...
Employer survey shows wide variation in consumer benefits costs
A new survey of employer benefits underscores a central fact about health insurance: Where you...
Irma medical evacuees make it home safe
The last of Georgia’s medical evacuees from Tropical Storm Irma returned home Monday, Public Health officials...
Key federal health funds may not get OK in time
Tens of millions of dollars in government funding for Georgia health care faces a...
Emory opening more primary care locations
Emory Healthcare is expanding its primary care portfolio by adding nine new clinics in...
Pediatricians’ advice on teenagers getting a tattoo
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Governor’s action on PAs is a setback for Georgia patients
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Medicaid expansion would be good for poor . . . and Georgia
In the health care debates of recent months, we have seen people with disabilities, families of children with chronic...
Medicaid expansion is a proven loser, so don’t fall for it
The chaos that continues to engulf the health care debate in Washington, D.C.. reaffirms the assertion that states must...

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