Report says Atlanta better on air quality, but still has ozone problem
Atlanta’s air quality has improved, but the city still was given a failing grade for ozone pollution in the latest American Lung Association “State of the Air’’ report. The annual report card tracks exposure to unhealthful levels of particle pollution (also known as soot) and ozone (smog) over a... Read more
For many, insurance doesn’t prevent high costs from prescriptions
Half of Americans take no prescription drugs. At the other end of the spectrum are people like Karen Milligan. She needs several drugs and pays a lot for them. She has dealt with multiple sclerosis for three decades. It’s disease of the central nervous system with no cure.  At 65, Karen is seeing her drug costs... Read more
Georgians taking advantage of special enrollment on exchange
More than 40,000 Georgians have signed up for health coverage on the state exchange since a special enrollment period began in February. That’s the third-highest total among the 36 states using federally run health insurance exchanges. Only the heavily populated states of Florida and Texas had more sign-ups, according... Read more
White bagging: Insurer shift on drugs raises alarm
A big change in drug treatment for cancer is arriving in Georgia. It’s not a new medication. What’s coming is something known as “white bagging,’’ an insurer tactic involving expensive infusion or injection drugs. And at Crisp Regional Health Services in Cordele, Jennifer Taylor, an oncology nurse practitioner, is concerned... Read more
Reactions to J&J vaccine in Cumming not a cause for alarm, state says
State officials are halting COVID vaccinations at a Cumming site after eight people had adverse reactions to getting a Johnson & Johnson shot there Wednesday. The CDC is evaluating the situation in the Atlanta suburb and in three other states – Iowa, Colorado and Michigan. One person in Cumming... Read more

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