Zero-premium plans — an odd twist in a turbulent market
Free health insurance? The idea seems like a relic from decades ago, when health care was relatively cheap and big corporations offered rich health benefits to employees. But reports say that for 2018 coverage, there is an increased availability of zero-premium health plans nationally in the insurance exchanges created by... Read more
International scientist finds her niche in Georgia — fighting a worldwide scourge
At the University of Georgia’s Center for Vaccines and Immunology, long fluorescent-lighted hallways with card-access doors lead into multiple labs. Large observation windows display science in action — with researchers performing tasks that are not always clear to the lay person. In one such scene, Dr. Monica Cartelle Gestal... Read more
When pollutants escape into our waters, the food chain suffers
Daniel Parshley slices through a sea trout’s flesh with a quick, clean motion. His instructions are a chant, well-rehearsed, now seemingly part of his muscle memory. Remove the skin, cut off the fatty parts, lose the belly flap, repeat. Seagulls fly overhead, watching the action, and one dive-bombs a... Read more
GHN update: How a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son
A single mom and her medically fragile son recently moved from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. The medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid have made the move worthwhile. “It’s like night and day,’’ Sarah Allen, the mother, said Monday of the coverage options in... Read more
Avoiding tragedies: Police try to make the world safer for dementia patients
Imagine being lost at 3 o’clock in the morning, approaching a house you think is your own, and then being fatally shot. That’s what happened to 72-year-old Ronald Westbrook, a man with Alzheimer’s disease who was mistaken for an intruder in Walker County in 2013. The shooter was a homeowner who... Read more

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