State launches probe of ethylene oxide leak at Smyrna facility
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. The state’s Environmental Protection Division launched an immediate investigation Tuesday of a previously undisclosed leak of toxic gas at a Smyrna medical sterilizing facility. The amount of the ethylene oxide... Read more
University System employees will see higher premiums next year
Tens of thousands of University System of Georgia employees will face average increases in their 2020 health care premiums of 5.5 percent to 7.5 percent. Also starting next year, a university employee will have to pay a $100 monthly surcharge for spousal coverage if the spouse has health insurance offered... Read more
State probes lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping amid national concern
Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping. Vaping is the use of e-cigarette devices, which mimic cigarettes but produce inhalable vapors instead of smoke. The devices are marketed as alternatives to smoking, but health experts say they... Read more
Don’t confuse care sharing ministries with insurance, state warns
Georgia’s insurance commissioner is warning consumers of the potential financial risks of joining a Health Care Sharing Ministries program as an alternative to regular insurance. In these organizations, members agree to share one another’s health care costs. Members of an HCSM typically have a particular religious faith in common,... Read more
Reviewer says Georgia not living up to mental health, disabilities pact
Georgia is still failing to meet key parts of its agreement with the U.S. Justice Department on caring for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, according to an independent reviewer’s report released this week. The reviewer, Elizabeth Jones, cited “preventable deaths occurring in the state system, often the... Read more

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