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
Is education making a difference on infant sleep deaths?
Georgia has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. Of preventable infant deaths, most are sleep-related, the GBI says. “The biggest problem is not only not sleeping on their back, but also bed-sharing,” said Dr. Gary Freed, longtime director of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta apnea... Read more
HIV preventive drug gets low use in Georgia despite big need
Georgia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, but the use of a prophylactic drug in the state lags behind the U.S. average. The new data on the drug regimen known as PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, come from AIDSVu, an interactive mapping tool produced in a... Read more
Legislation would help guide patients on birthing hospitals
A House bill aims to lower Georgia’s high rates of infant and maternal mortality by creating a designation reflecting the level of care offered by the state’s birthing hospitals. If the proposal becomes law, the state Department of Public Health would establish designations – almost like ratings — that... Read more

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