Legislation to help cancer hospital draws vocal opposition 
Senate Bill 31 started out as a relatively simple proposal related to a Georgia health agency board. That bill passed the Georgia Senate overwhelmingly last month. But late Wednesday afternoon, a substitute version of that Senate legislation called for something entirely different: an easing of state restrictions on Cancer Treatment Centers of... Read more
Forsyth keeps spot as Georgia’s healthiest county
Forsyth County is ranked as Georgia’s healthiest county for the sixth straight year. The 2018 County Health Rankings, released Wednesday, again showed affluent suburban counties as Georgia’s healthiest. After Forsyth, which is northeast of Atlanta, the next four are Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette, and Gwinnett counties. They are followed by Columbia,... Read more
Georgia will begin auditing water utilities’ lead testing sites
Brenda Goodman is a staff writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. This investigation was done in collaboration with WebMD, and was supported by a grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Georgia officials will more closely monitor how utilities in the... Read more
Commentary: Take the unfair limits off mental health coverage
The GBI reports that 144 Georgia children and teenagers have committed suicide over the last three years. And nationally, drug overdoses are now killing more people than gun homicides and car crashes combined, and kill hundreds of Georgians each year. Yet despite those problems, coverage of behavioral health care... Read more
Spirit of cooperation boosts health care improvement bills
Separate bills seeking to improve Georgia health care cruised through legislative panel hearings Thursday, with the sponsors working together to head off any possible conflicts on details that might prevent approval. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved a House bill focused on boosting rural health care... Read more

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