GHN update: How a young mom left Georgia to help her disabled son
A single mom and her medically fragile son recently moved from Georgia to Colorado in a bid to gain more coverage for his care. The medical benefits under Colorado Medicaid have made the move worthwhile. “It’s like night and day,’’ Sarah Allen, the mother, said Monday of the coverage options in... Read more
Director who steered DFCS through crisis leaving for Calif. post
Bobby Cagle, who as DFCS director is credited with stabilizing the long-troubled state agency, is departing for a child welfare position in Los Angeles. He is being replaced by the agency’s chief of staff, Virginia Pryor, who will be interim DFCS director, the governor’s office announced this week. Cagle... Read more
An alarming trend: Premature births go up in Georgia
Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday. Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. It’s also called premature birth. Babies who survive an... Read more
Study: ACA may be factor in improved HPV vaccination rates
Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It’s so common that the CDC estimates most people will contract it at some point in their lives, and recommends all 11- and 12-year-olds get vaccinated. The most dangerous strains can cause cervical and other cancers. But HPV... Read more
Sick Georgians swamped by medical bills seek help wherever they can find it
Crowdfunding now a major force in health care, but the competition for sympathy can be tough Maurice Tanner has some good days, but many more bad ones. On the bad days, he’s depressed and tired. “I cry a lot,” he says, in a soft, almost apologetic tone. On a... Read more

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