Patients stranded out of network as contract talks collapse

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In September, when Shelly Azzopardi went to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital with abdominal pain, she didn’t worry about her insurance. Doctors said she had a case of appendicitis. But she also tested positive at the hospital in Marietta, Georgia, for... Read more

Small towns, cops and mental health patients

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By Katja Ridderbusch   Every couple of weeks, police in Americus, a small city... Read more

Understaffed state psychiatric units leave patients in limbo

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Many patients dealing with mental health crises are having to wait several days in... Read more
First Georgian tests positive for Omicron variant of Covid

A Georgia resident has tested positive for the recently discovered Omicron variant of Covid-19, state Public Health officials reported Friday evening.

The Georgian is currently in New Jersey. The person, who was not identified, recently was in South Africa and then went to New Jersey, where the Covid tests were performed. The individual is fully vaccinated, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

South Africa and and other nations in southern ...

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Abrams’ entry into 2022 race sets up health care as a pivotal issue

Democrat Stacey Abrams’ entry Wednesday into the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial race almost guarantees that health care will be a leading issue in the campaign.

Abrams, who narrowly lost to Brian Kemp in the 2018 race, pushed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as a top priority in that campaign.

As governor, Kemp has taken a much narrower path toward increasing the Medicaid rolls, and has opposed expanding the program in the ...

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Rep. Bourdeaux says Dems’ bill would be ‘game changer’ for Georgia, uninsured

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux (D-Ga.) said Monday that the health insurance provisions in the social policy and climate change bill pending in Congress would be a “game changer’’ for Georgia.

The $1.7 trillion legislative package, which recently passed the U.S. House, would offer coverage in the health insurance exchange for hundreds of thousands of Georgia residents caught in the “coverage gap.”

These people include Cynthia English, 46, of Albany. She is uninsured ...

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A less risky Thanksgiving

This year’s Thanksgiving holiday features one enormous difference from last year’s:

Vaccinations.

Fortunately, the Covid-19 vaccine became available earlier this year, and by now, about half of Georgians have received the shots.

Vaccinations have significantly lightened the mood around the country in regard to the virus, though Covid cases have begun to rise again.

Two-thirds of Americans plan to see family or friends from outside of their household for Thanksgiving, regardless of vaccination status, ...

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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...
Something is lacking in our malpractice oversight 
As a longtime observer of Georgia’s health care system, I try to keep up with reports about problems our...
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