Amid pandemic, state’s mental health agency has extensive layoffs
Budget cuts due to the COVID-19 economic crisis have led the state’s mental health agency to lay off 200 employees. The jobs included positions in each of the state-run hospitals, regional field offices, and central office. The layoffs are part of a $123 million budget reduction for the Georgia Department of... Read more
Rural hospitals face COVID challenges of patient transfers, staffing
Evans Memorial Hospital in southeast Georgia recently struggled to find someone to accept the transfer of a very sick COVID-19 patient. After Evans staff called 14 hospitals, one finally agreed to take the patient. That hospital turned out to be two states away — in Bowling Green, Ky. The... Read more
Rural hospital plans October closure; COVID was the last straw
The financial blow from COVID-19 has helped force the closure of a rural hospital in Georgia. Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center was facing financial challenges even before the pandemic struck, and Randolph County, where it is located, has among the highest per-capita infection rates in the state. “It has become... Read more
Daily increase in Georgia COVID-19 deaths is the most in 2 months
Georgia health officials Tuesday reported an increase of 78 COVID-19 deaths from the day before. That’s the largest single-day rise in deaths since 78 were reported May 21, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Meanwhile, the disease continues to strain the resources of Georgia hospitals, though the total number of... Read more
Medicaid, PeachCare keep gaining enrollment as pandemic continues
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare rolls continue to grow amid the economic devastation from COVID-19. Newly released June enrollment figures show that Medicaid membership grew by 23,000, while PeachCare, the children’s health insurance program in Georgia, saw enrollment rise by nearly 14,000. That continues a steady increase in each program,... Read more

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