Georgia health centers frustrated, anxious over funding impasse
Problems with retaining good employees. Difficulty in making new hires. Putting expansion plans on hold. Those issues would spell trouble for any organization. For the state’s community health centers, that predicament stems from what’s happening – or rather, what’s not happening – in the U.S. Congress.   Funding for... Read more
Telemedicine spreading in Georgia, but there’s still much room to grow
Telemedicine is expanding in Georgia, yet there’s still ‘’a long way to go’’ before it reaches its full potential, the state’s Public Health commissioner said Tuesday. Dr. Patrick O’Neal said access to health care in rural Georgia ‘’is a challenge for all of us.” But telemedicine, he said, is... Read more
Careless callers: Lawmaker wants to get tougher on distracted driving
State Rep. John Carson started thinking hard about distracted driving a year ago, when he heard data about car insurance rates in Georgia. Auto premiums in Georgia had just gone up 12.2 percent in 2016, a spike that led the nation. “They were increasing at an alarming rate,’’ says... Read more
Commentary: Expand coverage, but don’t tie it to employment
After years of Georgia rejecting expansion of Medicaid, there has been increasing political talk about the state pursuing a federal waiver to give health insurance to more people. At the same time, though, requiring that Medicaid beneficiaries work to retain their coverage has picked up momentum nationally, with the... Read more
Say ‘yes’ to expanded coverage, ‘no’ to work requirements
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle drew attention to the growing chorus of state leaders calling for expanded access to health care in Georgia when he released a statement last week outlining his perspective on a possible state Medicaid waiver. By refusing to expand Medicaid, Georgia’s leaders have for years let the federal... Read more

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