The job of state disability services ombudsman has been open for eight months now, and consumer advocates fear that the position will not be filled. A Savannah leader of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, John Richards, recently wrote Gov. Nathan Deal a letter urging him to appoint an... Read more
The hospital consolidation trend in metro Atlanta took another turn Friday with Henry Medical Center announcing it would enter partnership talks with Piedmont Healthcare. The Henry Medical announcement was highly anticipated, with Emory Healthcare and Piedmont the top suitors for the Stockbridge hospital. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that... Read more
Gov. Nathan Deal told public health officials Wednesday that the state must respond aggressively to the problem of childhood obesity in Georgia. Deal, addressing more than 400 public health officials at a Georgia Public Health Association conference, said that lifestyle and dietary habits are contributing to obesity. He said... Read more
A series of 20 amendments and a three-hour floor debate Tuesday failed to derail legislation that would allow health insurers to sell individual policies from other states that have fewer required coverages than under current Georgia law. House Bill 47 passed the Georgia Senate largely along party lines, 37-17, after passionate... Read more
Senate Bill 39, which would facilitate the creation of mental health courts in Georgia, passed the House on Tuesday. Here’s Georgia Health News’ story Monday on the legislation. Also, the House approved a revamp of the state’s assisted living rules, the culmination of a 16-year effort to change the... Read more

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