State officials say proposed budget cuts to Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare would total $170 million in state funds through the next fiscal year. And with the matching federal funds generated by that state spending, the reductions would have a more than $500 million impact on the two health insurance... Read more
The health reform law has spawned many new terms related to its provisions, such as ‘‘individual mandate’’ and ‘’health insurance exchanges.’’ Here’s another one: ‘‘essential health benefits.’’ The Affordable Care Act requires all insurance plans to offer a comprehensive set of benefits starting in 2014. States are allowed to... Read more
Telemedicine making big difference for society’s smallest victims
A 9-year-old girl in rural Georgia discloses the unthinkable: sexual abuse by her stepfather. The case is referred to police and local child welfare officials, who contact the Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children. A doctor soon conducts a physical examination and speaks with the child.... Read more
The state’s Medicaid agency has a projected $300 million hole to fill in next year’s budget. If the shortfall remains at that level, the financial request to the General Assembly in January will be ‘‘very high’’ from a historical perspective, said Vince Harris, chief financial officer of the Department of... Read more
When fifth-grader Trevor Nelson arrives at school, he doesn’t linger in the halls or go to the cafeteria for breakfast. Every other morning, he heads for the gym. “I just love to run,” said Trevor, “so I figured I’d do this.” From 7:15 to 7:45 a.m., members of Yargo... Read more

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