Medicaid expansion can save lives of infants and moms, study says
A new study says Medicaid expansion has helped reduce states’ numbers of uninsured women of childbearing age – and cut their infant and maternal mortality rates. States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act saw a 50 percent greater reduction in infant mortality than non-expansion states, according to the... Read more
Blood products: Plasma business thriving in Georgia
By Chris Herbert On a street in downtown Athens, across from an arthouse movie theater and beside a craft brewery, sits an off-white building with a large statue of a bulldog near the entrance. This structure houses a local branch of Biotest Plasma Center, a national company that collects... Read more
Too much iron? It’s a real genetic disease
Tresa Haywood, 50, has had a complicated medical history in recent years. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder, in 2000. Two years later came a diagnosis of diabetes, followed by diagnoses of hypoxia – low oxygen in the tissue – irritable bowel syndrome and other conditions... Read more
Social media cracking down on vaccine skeptics
By Chris Herbert For the past three years, Amy Haney has administered a private Facebook group for parents in Georgia who seek more information about vaccines. Haney, a metro Atlanta resident and mother of four, founded the group in February 2016 after a policy change required one of her... Read more
Breakthrough: Legislature approves CON changes, Medicaid funding plan, hospital transparency
In a whirlwind of activity on health care bills, the General Assembly on Friday approved substantial changes to the state’s certificate-of-need system and the renewal of a Medicaid funding mechanism. The CON provisions in House Bill 186 will allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America a pathway to expand the... Read more

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