Report scolds Georgia on housing for people with mental illness
  Georgia is not meeting its court-supervised obligations for creating housing for people with serious mental illness, according to a recently released report. State-run psychiatric hospitals, in fact, have discharged dozens of patients to homeless shelters, and many of them wind up being re-hospitalized, the report from an independent... Read more
Georgia’s ranking drops in children’s well-being statistics
Georgia’s ranking among states on children’s overall well-being fell from 40th to 42nd in the annual Kids Count report. The 2016 report, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, judges each state on four categories: children’s economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. It generally compares data from... Read more
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
Commentary: Make primary care a priority
Georgia ranks among the bottom 10 states in the number of primary care physicians per 100,000 population. And low payments for these doctors nationally led to a smaller percentage of general medicine residents choosing to practice primary care last year, notes Dr. Deep Shah, who’s about to begin a... Read more

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