Pre-existing conditions: Prevalence and insurance protections
A new analysis finds major variations between the estimates of people with pre-existing conditions in U.S. metropolitan areas – even within a state. Those disparities can be seen in the two Georgia areas studied. The Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, released this week, found that 23 percent of non-elderly adults... Read more
Clay County: Only one doctor, and soon no pharmacy
A southwest Georgia county that has just one physician is losing its only drugstore. Buy-Rite is shutting down its pharmacy in Clay County. The company says it has been losing money on the Fort Gaines drugstore for years. “It’s going to have a very profound impact on the city,’’... Read more
Unusual but welcome: Two health insurers opt to cut exchange rates
Two of the four health insurers in the 2019 Georgia insurance exchange, in a surprising move, are set to make reductions in monthly premiums from the rates they offer this year. Such decreases in insurance rates rarely occur in health care. The overall premiums announced Thursday, as approved by the... Read more
Strengthening the safety net: Grady brings mental health services into primary care
After her daughter’s death last year, Helen Dennard says, “I went over the edge.’’ It followed other deaths in her family in recent years. Dennard, an Atlanta resident, found herself angry and depressed by the time she went to her regular Grady Health System physician for a checkup. “I... Read more
Commentary: What’s good for mothers and many others?
Dr. Clarence Davis says the answer to the question is “a community health center.” Davis, senior medical director at WellCare of Georgia, takes the occasion of National Health Center Week to note how many disadvantaged Georgians use these centers, and how that care option saves money for the overall... Read more

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