Doctor groups urge hike in state tobacco tax; panel OKs legislation on surprise medical billing
Four physician groups strongly endorsed a state tobacco tax increase Sunday, a day before a possible vote on the issue in a state Senate committee. “Georgia having the third-lowest tobacco tax in the country has long been unacceptable to Georgia’s medical community,” Dr. Jacqueline Fincher, a Thomson physician and... Read more
Medicaid enrollment climbs as pandemic brings hardship
The economic downturn triggered by COVID-19 is producing the expected result in Georgia’s Medicaid program: A surge in enrollment. State figures show Georgia’s Medicaid enrollment increased by 42,000 in May. That rise followed an enrollment spike of 91,000 in April. During those two months, the pandemic devastated the economies... Read more
Public Health hopes to spare vital HIV center as budget cuts revised
The Trump administration last year laid out an ambitious plan to reduce new HIV infections. Among 48 U.S. counties targeted for special federal help on HIV were four populous counties in metro Atlanta: Cobb, Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett. It wasn’t surprising that those four counties were picked. Georgia has the... Read more
National scorecard shows state improving on COVID-19 fight
Data on COVID-19 can be confusing, sometimes even conflicting, and state reports of cases in Georgia have created an unusual level of controversy. Nevertheless, a national scorecard on COVID trends shows that Georgia is making progress on combating the virus. The “How We Reopen Safely’’ chart from COVID Exit... Read more
Commentary: Those who most need COVID help 
Communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. And that’s not a surprising development, says a new GHN Commentary. Dr. Harry J. Heiman and Rodney Lyn, of the Georgia State University School of Public Health, point to the high prevalence of chronic disease and other health conditions in... Read more

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