Veto will have painful consequences for rural patients
Rural Georgians are once again bearing the brunt of myopic health care policy decisions coming from Atlanta. On Tuesday, just days after the Jenkins County Hospital closure announcement, a bill designed to restore delegated prescriptive authority to Georgia’s board-certified physician assistants (PAs) treating painful injuries and other medical emergencies... Read more
A prescription for looking beyond Obamacare
This week marks seven years since Obamacare was signed into law. Leading up to the passage of the 2,700-page legislation, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Although much has been made of Pelosi’s... Read more
ACA repeal is too great a chance to take
  Finding out that she had breast cancer shook up Jirapon Yolpan’s life. An immigrant from Thailand and a 54-year-old single mom, Jirapon had never seen a doctor in the U.S. until she received health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After enrolling, she scheduled her first appointment,... Read more
Three reforms for Day 1, once Dr. Price is confirmed
  A physician has not taken office as Health and Human Services secretary since 1989, when Georgia’s Dr. Louis Sullivan was chosen by the first President Bush. Now another astute Georgia physician, Congressman Tom Price, is the nominee. Price brings the background of being a medical provider, understanding patient... Read more
Health care solutions we can embrace now
There is no question that Georgia’s rural hospitals are struggling. The great majority are losing money every year, and several have been forced to close. Their struggles were one of the primary reasons cited for Medicaid expansion. But before we throw money at the problem, it’s important to understand... Read more

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