Poisoning peril: More kids ingesting hand sanitizer

Feature Mar 4, 2021 0

As COVID-19 spread last year, sales of hand sanitizers skyrocketed, with consumers and businesses trying to prevent infection. Also soaring were sanitizer-related calls to the Georgia Poison Center. Here and nationally, more kids than usual have been ingesting these... Read more

How COVID and poverty have ravaged rural Georgia

Feature Feb 24, 2021 1

It’s not just the actual infections that have altered the medical landscape in Cook... Read more

Families fear ‘heartbreaking’ cuts in disability programs

Feature Feb 16, 2021 1

Matt Gaffney had trouble living in a group home for people with disabilities like... Read more
Thousands of Georgians enrolling for coverage as exchange reopens

More than 16,000 Georgians signed up for coverage on the state’s insurance exchange during the first two weeks of a special enrollment period ordered by President Biden.

That’s the third-highest total of any state, behind Florida and Texas, among the 36 states that let the federal government run their exchanges. (The other states run their own exchanges.)

The special sign-up period was created to help people dealing with the economic fallout of ...

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Federal antitrust scrutiny revealed in wake of Navicent-Houston merger collapse

The Federal Trade Commission has revealed that it investigated a proposed merger of hospital systems in Middle Georgia.

The announcement Wednesday that the FTC had reviewed the deal – and then closed its probe – came less than a week after the two hospital systems said they were calling the deal off. Atrium Health Navicent, in Macon, and Houston Healthcare, based in Warner Robins, said last Thursday that they had ended ...

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Public Health measure, in diminished form, clears Senate panel

A state Senate committee passed a much pared-down version of legislation that would have restructured the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).

Senate Bill 256 went from 32 pages to two in its latest version, which received unanimous approval from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday.

The original version would have taken authority from counties’ boards of health and given it to the ...

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House panel OKs bill allowing some hospital, nursing home visits during emergency

A committee of the Georgia House, despite industry opposition, passed a bill Monday allowing people to visit patients in hospital and long-term care facilities during a public health emergency — like the current pandemic.

House Bill 290 would allow a “legal representative,’’ usually a loved one, to visit a patient or resident for a minimum of an hour a day, if that person meets a facility’s safety standards.

The House Human Resources ...

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Study: Wildfire smoke worse than pollution from cars
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