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
Kemp vetoes recess requirement for Georgia schoolkids
The effort to require daily recess for Georgia elementary school students has come up short again – this time thanks to Gov. Brian Kemp’s veto pen. Kemp vetoed House Bill 83 on Friday along with several other bills. In his veto message, the governor said the recess requirement “would... Read more
Metro Atlanta still struggling with air pollution, report says
Metro Atlanta shows mixed results on air pollution in the American Lung Association’s latest report, released Wednesday. The area had fewer days of bad ozone pollution – the main factor in smog – but still ranked 25th among cities for the worst ozone, according to the Lung Association’s 2019 State... 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
Hepatitis A and E. coli outbreaks continue to beset Georgia
Hepatitis A cases continue to surge in Georgia, with 31 more cases reported since about a week ago, Public Health officials said Wednesday. Since June 1, 2018, Georgia has seen 245 hepatitis A infections, with most of them coming this year. Health officials also said Wednesday that the number... Read more

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