Task force aims to reshape Georgia stance on health coverage
A Georgia health care task force is putting the final touches on widely anticipated recommendations for the state to increase access to medical services for the uninsured. Those options will be “markedly different’’ from conventional Medicaid expansion as enacted by numerous states under the Affordable Care Act, said Brian... Read more
Will Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion provide a model for other states?
This article was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News.  Aretha Frison got an unusually helpful mailing recently through the Louisiana food stamp program. The letter indicated that she could qualify for Medicaid coverage beginning next month. Frison, usually a journalist by occupation, has been able to work only part time... Read more
ER to replace full-service Ellijay hospital
North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay has closed and will be replaced by an emergency department under an agreement that its owner recently signed with Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in nearby Jasper. Piedmont will lease the ER as well as a nearby medical official building and facilities that have physician... Read more
Regulators scrutinizing more nursing homes in New Beginnings probe
More Georgia facilities run by a financially troubled nursing home operator are under federal and state regulatory scrutiny, a state health care agency said Thursday. Clyde Reese, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, made the disclosure during an interview with GHN. He did not specify the number or... Read more
Clay County: A lot of impoverished patients . . . and one dedicated doctor
This is the first in a series of articles about health care in Southwest Georgia, an area of the state that has great health needs and challenges, but also some innovative approaches to such problems. The series is the product of a collaboration between Georgia Health News and the... Read more

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