New tax break urged to help health of working poor in Georgia
Tax credits and health care have recently occupied a prominent place in Georgia politics, thanks to the success of a program that helps rural hospitals. Donors to these Georgia facilities can now get a 100 percent state tax credit for these contributions. But there’s another potential tax credit that... Read more
Cancer report ranks Georgia low, cites state’s tobacco tax, funding
Georgia earned high marks in just two of nine categories related to fighting cancer, according to a recent report. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) says in its report that only six states had fewer top ratings, labeled as “Green” in the organization’s color-coded grading system.... Read more
Kaiser, Emory strike deal on model of care for two Atlanta hospitals
Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente announced a new collaboration Wednesday that will make two Emory hospitals the primary facilities for Kaiser doctors and patients in metro Atlanta. Under the agreement, Kaiser will introduce its national model of hospital care to Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.... Read more
HIV in America is increasingly a Southern problem
The numbers tell an alarming story: How the South is the U.S. epicenter of the HIV epidemic. Half of the new HIV diagnoses occur in the South, as well as half of the AIDS-related deaths. And the region has just one-third of the U.S. population.   Eight of the... Read more
March of Dimes gives state another ‘D’ on preterm births
A new March of Dimes report card gives Georgia a “D’’ grade for its preterm birth rate, which rose last year to 11.2 percent from 10.8 percent. Ten other states and the District of Columbia also got a “D,’’ while four others and Puerto Rico received an “F” on... Read more

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