Kemp orders state shutdown to fight virus, cites expected patient surge at hospitals
Gov. Brian Kemp is ordering Georgians statewide to “shelter in place’’ to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The governor, in adopting stronger measures against the virus, cited a CDC warning this week that as many as 25 percent of people infected may not show symptoms —... Read more
Kemp’s emergency action to bring 30-bed mobile unit to Grady
Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency Friday over flood damage at Grady, which will speed the transfer of a 30-bed mobile unit to the Atlanta hospital. The emergency declaration allows the state to use Georgia Emergency Management Agency funding to bring the mobile unit, owned by the... Read more
State waiver proposal coming soon; hospital transparency rules unveiled
State officials are expected to have at least one health care waiver proposal ready for an agency board to consider in early November. The waiver development is a central part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s strategy to improve Georgia health care. The state has a high uninsured rate, and its... Read more
Commentary: Public health protects us all
“Public health” is much more than a term that most people vaguely recognize. Agencies that fall under this category play a vital role in Georgia and other states, and they do their work at the community level. “We believe that Georgia’s county public health departments accomplish much more than... Read more
Enrollment drops, eligibility snags and cyber-errors in benefit programs spark concern
Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare saw a drop of 20,000 kids last year, a recent report found. Food stamp use has fallen in the state as well, continuing a steady drop since 2013. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which aids pregnant women and families with dependent children, hit a... Read more

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