Governor creates VIP panel to review policy on children’s mental health
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Wednesday the creation of a commission charged with providing recommendations to improve state mental health services for children. The panel is composed of government leaders, children’s advocates and health care experts. (Members are listed below.)  It is tasked with submitting a report to Deal on... Read more
Omen for Georgia? Giant insurer Anthem quitting Ohio exchange
The parent company of Georgia’s biggest health insurer is exiting Ohio’s health insurance exchange for 2018. Anthem’s pullout could apparently leave as many as 20 counties in the Buckeye State with no insurer in the state’s exchange, created by the Affordable Care Act. Will the next Anthem pullout come... Read more
Mystery drug in Georgia leads to deaths, hospitalizations
Powerful yellow pills sold by street dealers in Central and South Georgia have been linked to up to four deaths and the hospitalization of more than a dozen patients, the GBI and health officials said Tuesday. The pills were misrepresented to buyers as the prescription drug Percocet, an opioid... Read more
GOP health bill would hit children hard, study says
Most of the debate on the GOP health care legislation in Congress has focused on how it would affect adults, in high-profile areas such as coverage, mandates, and premiums. But a new Brandeis University study emphasizes that the proposal would also have a large impact on children’s coverage. The... Read more
Kaiser Permanente again rated top plan in region
Kaiser Permanente of Georgia remains the highest-rated health plan in its region for the eighth straight year, according to the J.D. Power study of health plans in the United States. The ratings measure patient satisfaction from a survey completed by more than 33,000 members of 168 commercial health plans... Read more

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