Georgia has fewer uninsured kids as ACA takes hold
The number of uninsured Georgia children fell by more than 50,000 in 2014, the first year of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, a new report found. That drop of 53,000 was the fourth-biggest decline in the United States. Yet it left Georgia still having 210,000 kids without coverage,... Read more
Dental hygienist bill remains on hold, but prospects improving
For the second time in two weeks, a health committee of the Georgia House tabled a bill Tuesday that would allow dental hygienists to practice in safety-net settings without a dentist present. But a hearing on House Bill 684 showed there was new dialogue between Rep. Sharon Cooper, chair... Read more
Lung Association flunks state on tobacco control
Georgia received three F’s and one C in the latest American Lung Association assessment of states’ tobacco control efforts, released this week. The 2016 Georgia grades, the same as last year, reflect inadequate funding for anti-smoking initiatives, the report says. Most other states also received an “F” on three... Read more
Data breach affects thousands in Georgia Medicaid, PeachCare
A health insurer’s data breach has affected 148,334 Georgians on Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids, state officials say. That total includes current and former Medicaid and PeachCare members from 2009 to 2015. The breach occurred when health insurer Centene lost computer hard drives containing about 950,000 individuals’ personal data,... Read more
Report underscores alarming problem of baby sleep deaths
A state report on Georgia child deaths in 2014 points to a persistent problem: More than 30 percent of the fatalities reviewed were sleep-related. The report found that 503 children died in circumstances that sparked a review, and that three in four of the deaths could have been prevented.... Read more

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