Rise in Medicaid rolls has continuing impact on state budget
Continued growth in Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment accounts for much of the state budget increases that the Department of Community Health is seeking both for fiscal 2017 and 2018. In addition, the agency said Thursday that it’s starting a payment system next July that will penalize health insurers for not meeting medical... Read more
Huge numbers of Georgia children can’t get dental care, researcher says
A Georgia Tech researcher said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state. Nicoleta Serban, an industrial and systems engineering professor, told state lawmakers that there are more than 500,000 Georgia children who are not eligible for the public... Read more
With seasonal allergies on the increase, Georgia experts seek solutions
To many people, spring and fall are the prettiest and most pleasant times of the year in the Peach State. But these temperate, transitional seasons have a downside: They often help trigger allergies. The seasonal pollen that causes an uptick in watery eyes and runny noses has been on... Read more
Georgia nonprofit wins Hilton Prize for public health work
A low-profile nonprofit based in Decatur was recognized for its substantial public health work by receiving what’s considered the world’s largest humanitarian prize — the $2 million Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize. The Task Force for Global Health, Georgia’s largest nonprofit, has a mission to control and eliminate neglected tropical... Read more
Georgia health officials prepare for potential Zika transmission
One square mile of a Miami neighborhood has become the ground zero of “locally transmitted’’ Zika virus cases in the continental United States. That’s the first area in the 50 states where a local mosquito has infected a person with the virus, which can cause catastrophic brain damage in... Read more

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