State’s air quality improves as EPA funding fight looms
Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says. The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution. “We’re seeing improvements all over the Southeast,’’ June Deen of the... Read more
Celebration and frustration as legislative session closes
The final day of the Georgia General Assembly brought last-minute approval of some health care bills Thursday – along with disappointment over pieces of legislation that didn’t pass. The failures included the high-profile effort to halt “surprise’’ medical bills, and a proposal to require Georgia schools and day care... Read more
Affluent suburban counties remain Georgia’s healthiest, rankings show
Georgia’s suburbs continue to dominate the rankings of the state’s healthiest counties. Forsyth County, northeast of Atlanta, is the healthiest in Georgia for the fifth straight year, according to the 2017 County Health Rankings. The list was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of... Read more
Nonprofit insurer CareSource jumping into Ga. Medicaid market
A new insurer in Georgia, CareSource, currently has zero enrollees. But starting July 1, it will suddenly have at least 200,000 people in its health plan here. That’s because CareSource has been promised a minimum of 200,000 Medicaid or PeachCare enrollees, as it joins three other health insurers delivering... Read more
Bill on testing newborns for Krabbe set to become law
A bill to offer optional testing of Georgia newborns for Krabbe disease, a rare genetic disorder, is heading to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. The state Senate on Friday unanimously passed House Bill 241, named Cove’s Law, for 19-month-old Cove Ellis, a Georgia child recently diagnosed with Krabbe... Read more

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