Trump approves looser rules on ‘association health plans’
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that would potentially ease rules on “association health plans’’ and on the sale of short-term, low-cost insurance policies. Because federal agencies must develop the regulations and guidance for these changes, no significant changes will occur for months. Trump said Thursday that “with these actions we are... Read more
Anthem to develop mega-center of health IT in Atlanta
The parent company of Georgia’s largest health insurer has agreed to develop a 352,000 square-foot building in Midtown Atlanta as a health IT hub. Anthem Inc. announced Thursday that it had signed a lease to develop the 21-story building with Portman Holdings. Construction is to begin in January 2018, with completion expected in... Read more
West Nile cases finally drop in Georgia, but virus still a danger
The number of West Nile virus cases, which has been alarmingly high, is finally declining in Georgia. State officials said this week that while August saw 18 cases of West Nile, there were just six cases in September. Overall, Georgia reports 37 cases of the disease this year, with five deaths. Department... Read more
Parents, advocates sue state, claim inequities in GNETS schools
Parents of children with disabilities and advocacy groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday alleging the state of Georgia has discriminated against students placed in “unequal and separate’’ schools for kids with behavioral disorders and problems. The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) schools are “segregated... Read more
Rise in suicide rates haunts rural areas
While suicide rates have increased across the United States, the highest percentages are in rural counties, a new CDC report reveals. That differential may reflect not only economic factors, but also insufficient access to  mental health treatment in rural areas, experts say. Overall, suicide death rates for rural counties... Read more

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