New, ultra-expensive drugs have helped fuel the rise of health care costs, experts say. The number of patients taking at least $100,000 worth of prescription drugs annually tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to a report from pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts. But Dorothy Leone-Glasser says cracking down on drug... Read more
I should be dead. I’ve survived two cancer diagnoses, two strokes, a heart attack, kidney failure, a coma, arthritis and systematic lupus. I’ve fought my way out of a wheelchair, abandoned my crutches, and relearned how to walk. None of that would have been possible without the development of... Read more
Many Georgians buying individual or family health insurance will see double-digit increases in their premiums for 2016. Insurance rates approved recently by Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens range from hikes of 27 percent and 29 percent for Alliant Health Plans’ individual policyholders to slight decreases for a few plans.... Read more
The state’s Department of Community Health is asking for additional state funds to cover projected Georgia enrollment for Medicaid and PeachCare, which for the first time will exceed 2 million. The budget proposal also requests $23 million to cover the high cost of drugs to treat hepatitis C patients... Read more
People who have recently used illicit drugs have a higher likelihood of misusing prescription painkillers as well, a University of Georgia study has found. The nationwide study, published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, also revealed a significant age difference in how people obtain these pain medications. Older adults were... Read more

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