The current timeline for a decision on restructuring Georgia Medicaid may not be feasible, a state official indicated to lawmakers Wednesday. Blake Fulenwider, deputy commissioner of the Department of Community Health, also told House lawmakers that financial projections on the leading options for a Medicaid revamp have not yet... Read more
One unintended consequence of health care reform was that sales of ‘‘child-only’’ insurance policies were halted in Georgia and other states. These policies are usually bought by parents who have an employer policy that doesn’t offer dependent coverage. Sometimes they’re bought by parents who can’t purchase coverage for themselves... Read more
“Pulse oximetry.’’ The term sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. In reality, it’s about current human life in its most fragile state. Pulse oximetry is a test to help detect congenital heart defects in newborns by measuring how much oxygen is in their blood. A proposal for... Read more
Cobb school blazes trail in promoting students’ health
Natalie Rogers knows health and exercise. She is a retired professional ballerina, a former pre-med student at UGA and currently a fitness instructor who values healthy living. A few years ago, Rogers was distressed by the lack of physical activity and the poor nutritional quality of cafeteria food that... Read more
Georgia health advocates are hoping a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General on youth tobacco use can kick-start their campaign to boost the state tax on cigarettes. The report, released this week, noted that while youth smoking dropped dramatically from 1997 to 2004, that decline has leveled off... Read more

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