An epic, hectic day for health care legislation in Georgia
The state House passed a high-profile bill Monday that would allow Gov. Brian Kemp to seek health care “waivers’’ from the federal government to expand and improve coverage in Georgia. And in another big vote, the Senate approved a bill to change Georgia’s controversial certificate-of-need system regulating medical providers.... Read more
Improving kids’ bodies — and minds — by requiring recess
Kids love school recess: Kicking a soccer ball, clambering up a jungle gym, chasing each other on a playground. And such unstructured play is not just fun, researchers say. Recess can help improve academic performance and reduce fidgety behavior and negative conduct in the classroom, health experts say. Thirty... Read more
State’s health care will look very different if major bills pass
This could be the General Assembly session that rocks Georgia health care. Between the regulatory reform measures already introduced, and the coming bill on federal “waivers,’’ lawmakers have a chance to reconfigure the medical landscape in the state. The waiver proposal from Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to be... Read more
In new offensive against HIV, metro Atlanta is a battleground
The map of the United States shows four blue dots clustered in northern Georgia. They represent the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb. It’s not exactly surprising that the four — the most populous in our state — are among 48 counties in the nation that... Read more
Paralyzed by West Nile, he’s fighting a new kind of battle
David Carmon’s body began to shut down just three days after a mosquito bite over Labor Day weekend. He arrived at a Gainesville emergency room extremely ill. No one knew what was wrong. “They ran every test,” says his wife, Jessie. “By the fifth day, he was paralyzed, on a... Read more

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