Medicaid extension for new moms clears Georgia Senate
A measure extending Medicaid benefits up to six months for new mothers in Georgia passed out of the Senate late Monday. House Bill 1114, by Rep. Sharon Cooper, authorizes the state to apply for a federal waiver that would allow Georgia to offer Medicaid coverage to income-eligible women up... Read more
Savannah businesses close after positive COVID-19 tests
Several Savannah restaurants and bars have closed their doors recently after patrons or employees tested positive or came in contact with the coronavirus. The closures come less than two months after Gov. Brain Kemp began to lift restrictions on restaurants and less than a month since bars have reopened.... Read more
Georgia Senate continues to target surprise medical billing
The Georgia Senate approved another piece of legislation on Monday that aims to cut down on instances where patients are hit with hefty medical bills after visiting the doctor. House Bill 789 helps patients check which doctors in the four most common specialties — anesthesiology, pathology, radiology and emergency medicine... Read more
Thousands of metro area students likely have fallen behind due to COVID
Metro Atlanta public school students lost about nine weeks of in-person instruction when schools switched to virtual learning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. That likely caused thousands of Atlanta public school students to fall behind, according to a new analysis commissioned by non-profits Learn4Life and RedefinEd Atlanta. Read the... Read more
Bill to license hemp farmers, sellers passes General Assembly
Hemp farmers and sellers would need a license to possess the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana under legislation that passed the General Assembly on Monday. House Bill 847 requires anyone cultivating, transporting or selling hemp to hold a license just like for other agricultural products. Anyone caught with hemp who... Read more

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