Ga. schools would be vulnerable to Medicaid cuts, survey says
A new survey finds that many Georgia school systems fear that the proposed Medicaid cuts in Congress would hurt their special education programs – and the children they serve. Most school districts responding to the survey say they receive thousands of dollars in Medicaid funding to help offset the... Read more
Consumer advocate seeks to become insurance commissioner
A leading consumer health care advocate has jumped into the race to succeed Ralph Hudgens as Georgia’s insurance commissioner. Cindy Zeldin, executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, announced Tuesday that she plans to run for the commissioner position. Her announcement came a day after Hudgens said he would not... Read more
Hollywood images: Is tobacco use back in the picture?
Bogie lighting Bacall’s cigarette is an enduring image from the 1944 movie “To Have and Have Not.” But especially since the 1960s, films showing constant cigarette smoking have largely vanished. The pervasive haze of smoke of the Humphrey Bogart era is a thing of the cinematic past. Yet recent... Read more
State insurance chief Hudgens won’t run for re-election in 2018
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday that he will not seek re-election next year. Hudgens, who is 74 and in his second term, said in a statement that he made the decision “after much thought, prayer, and discussion with my family.” “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity that the... Read more
New Senate bill would allow cheaper, stripped-down health plans
The revised U.S. Senate health care legislation, released Thursday, shows some significant changes from the earlier version that ran into political roadblocks. The new draft bill would let insurers sell stripped-down, cheaper health plans that don’t comply with current benefit requirements, such as coverage of maternity and mental health care.... Read more

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