Nursing home infections: Many facilities have problems, report says
An analysis of federal inspection records has found that 43 percent of Georgia nursing homes have been cited for infection-related problems in recent years. That percentage, though, is one of the lowest among the states, the Kaiser Health News study found. The KHN analysis of four years of federal... Read more
Health care to get attention in Legislature, Ralston says
Georgia legislative sessions during election years tend to be quick and fairly quiet, without a lot of “heavy-lift” proposals being passed. The 2018 General Assembly session may follow that trend. Still, House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) addressed several health care issues Thursday that may at least draw interest during the... Read more
Major pillar of ACA receives death blow from lawmakers
Congressional attempts to “repeal and replace’’ the Affordable Care Act met with failure after failure this year. But early Wednesday, Senate Republicans passed a bill that would abolish a central tenet of the ACA: the individual mandate for Americans to have health coverage or face a tax penalty. The mandate... Read more
We need to move from chaos to health security
These are extremely uncertain times. The partisan and political divides, more akin to tribalism than ideological debates, have frozen our political leadership in a perpetual state of dysfunction. Uncertainty and failure to ensure access to health care have consequences, often life-and-death consequences, for real people. At the national level,... Read more
Commentary: What uninsured Georgians really need
Recent congressional action shows health care continues to percolate as a top political issue. The latest development involves an addition to Senate Republicans’ tax legislation. The added provision would repeal the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. But Dr. Harry... Read more

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