‘An opportunity to give back’ for new chief at Public Health
By age 75, most people have nestled into retirement, taking it easy. Not Dr. Patrick O’Neal. A physician for almost 50 years, he has been interim commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health since Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald left the commissioner’s post to become director of the CDC. And... Read more
Commentary: Medicaid expansion is a good deal for everyone
With Congress stuck over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the question of whether Georgia should pursue Medicaid expansion under the 2010 law is being debated once again. Thirty-one states have expanded their Medicaid programs. Last week, in a GHN Commentary, state Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) argued that expansion... Read more
Medicaid expansion would be good for poor . . . and Georgia
In the health care debates of recent months, we have seen people with disabilities, families of children with chronic conditions, seniors, people in recovery from opioid addiction, and others stand together to advocate against congressional proposals that would have made unconscionable cuts to Medicaid and repealed major provisions of... Read more
DeKalb Medical says several health systems open to a partnership
Three months after sending out invitations for potential partnerships, DeKalb Medical Center says it has received bids from several suitors. Cheryl Iverson, a DeKalb Medical vice president, did not identify the hospital systems making offers. “We had a very good response,’’   Iverson said late last week. The partnership... Read more
Many migrant farmworkers face medical challenges, barriers to care
The fields in Colquitt County in South Georgia are green this time of year and laden with cucumbers, eggplant and melons — vegetables that represent summertime and healthy eating. Many of the people who pick them, though, have health challenges. The farmworkers who move through the region, harvesting and... Read more

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