Health care budget cuts raise alarm as waiver plan draws criticism
Gov. Brian Kemp’s tough budget plan spares two giant health care programs from cuts: Medicaid, and the Georgia health plan covering teachers and state employees. But in a Thursday hearing, state lawmakers were briefed on funding cuts in other state health programs, including behavioral health services and physician training programs. State... Read more
Chemical group testing 7 Georgia locations for ethylene oxide
A powerful trade association representing the chemical industry is testing the air in seven Georgia locations to measure ethylene oxide, a toxic gas used for sterilizing medical supplies. “These sites were selected to get a broad range of data on background levels of across differing environments,” said... Read more
Physical inactivity: Unhealthy, and all too common in Georgia
Not getting enough exercise? It’s not just you. More than one in four Georgians report that they are physically inactive, among the highest rates in the country, the CDC reports. Physical inactivity for adults is defined as not participating in any leisure-time physical activities over the last month –... Read more
Kemp targets surprise billing, pays homage to Isakson with Parkinson’s research initiative
Gov.  Brian Kemp pushed for a legislative remedy for the problem of surprise medical billing in his Thursday address to Georgia lawmakers. Kemp, a Republican, also touted his waiver proposals, passed last year by the General Assembly, as solutions to lower health care costs and add a pathway for... Read more
Surprise billing, maternal mortality, PBMs: Lawmakers talk health care agenda
A key state senator said Tuesday that he is optimistic a compromise plan on easing the problem of surprise medical billing will finally pass the Georgia General Assembly this year. Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), who chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, told a breakfast gathering that the... Read more

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