How a powerful company persuaded Georgia to let it bury toxic waste in groundwater Hot

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By Max Blau ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Max Blau is an Atlanta-based ProPublica reporter who previously worked in partnership with Georgia Health News on a series of articles on coal ash. For the... Read more

Left behind: Medicaid rides to doctors don’t always come

Feature Jan 12, 2022 2

By Rebecca Grapevine and Andy Miller Tranisha Rockmore and her daughter Karisma waited at... Read more

The Top 10 Georgia health care stories of 2021

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Close to 20,000 new Covid cases (including positives from antigen tests) were reported in... Read more
Covid vaccination rates among young children lag in Georgia, South

By Rachana Pradhan, Hannah Recht and Andy Miller

Two months after Pfizer’s Covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 CDC data. Only 18%, or 5 million kids, have both doses, Kaiser Health News reported.

In Georgia, as well as other Southern states, the percentages are even lower.

Just 16.1 percent of the 5-to-11 age group in Georgia have ...

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What the Kemp budget has for health care — and what it doesn’t

Extending Medicaid coverage for women who have given birth. Higher pay for physicians serving Georgia’s poor. More money for rural health care.

In many ways, health care is getting a boost in Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget.

Kemp’s proposed budget envisions a record $30.2 billion in state spending next year. The highest-profile items include $5,000 pay raises for state employees, $2,000 bonuses for teachers, and a $1.6 billion tax refund for Georgians.

State tax collections ...

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‘Incidental’ cases, shortages of staff make Covid-19’s new act tough for hospitals

By Lauren Weber, Phil Galewitz and Andy Miller

The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 Covid-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons.

The surge driven by the extremely infectious Omicron variant helped push the South Florida hospital with 206 licensed beds to 250 patients. The rise in cases came as the hospital struggled with severe staff shortages ...

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Anthem seeks to halt court order continuing Northside contract

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has filed a legal motion to end a court’s temporary restraining order that, at least temporarily, has kept Northside Hospital facilities in the giant insurer’s network.

Northside Hospital was granted an injunction by Fulton County Superior Court just before its Anthem contract was scheduled to be severed Jan. 1. That injunction – which preserved Anthem members’ in-network status with Northside — lasts till Jan. 31.

For months, ...

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Housing is a health issue — a big one
By Kathryn Lawler, Tom Andrews and Shannon Sale A patient at an Atlanta clinic regularly attended doctor’s appointments to monitor his diabetes,...
Hospitals need help to stay in a vital drug program
By Jonathon Green, CEO, Taylor Healthcare Group, with Michael Azzolin, CEO, PharmD on Demand Rural hospitals across Georgia operate on razor-thin...
A misguided plan for Medicare cuts
By Zach Walston Specialty care providers in Georgia have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure their patients have...
2021 Green Eyeshade Award: Sunken Costs
2020 AHJC Consumer/Feature Award
2nd place in the 2019 Green Eyeshade Award for non-deadline reporting online goes to "Foreign-Born Physicians" by Max Blau, Andy Miller and Katja Ridderbusch of Georgia Health News.
The 2nd place Health Policy Award by the Association of Health Care Journalists' Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism goes to "Deprived of Care: When ERs Break the Law" by Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller of WebMD and Georgia Health News.


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