State agency to monitor Blue Cross rule on ER use
The state insurance department says it will monitor the new emergency room policy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.” Blue Cross recently told policyholders that starting in July, it will stop covering ER... Read more
Report ranks Georgia 42nd in child well-being
A report released Tuesday ranks Georgia 42nd in overall child well-being for the second year in a row. The annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation compared state data from 2010 to 2015 based on four factors: children’s economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Georgia improved... Read more
State slips to 41st in senior health rating
Georgia ranks 41st among states on older people’s health, down two spots from last year’s ranking, a new report says. The state improved on several measures despite the lower ranking, according to the fifth annual America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, produced by United Health Foundation. Georgia had a 12... Read more
Commentary: There’s help for managing your health in Medicare
Many adults have one or more chronic health conditions, and that’s especially true as people grow older. What’s more, coordinating services for these different conditions can be challenging. “Between doctor visits, taking the right medications at the right times, and following advice from different health care professionals, managing your... Read more
Health officials probe death of Newnan nursing home patient after alleged attack
The state’s main health agency is investigating an injury suffered by a 98-year-old nursing home resident in Newnan, whose death led to criminal charges and the arrest of a nursing assistant. The Department of Community Health said this week that it has “an open investigation’’ of Edna Warren’s death.... Read more

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