Medicine donation program helps many Georgians who can’t afford what they need
The enterprise is nestled inside a nondescript office complex in Gwinnett County. No signage proclaims the nature of what’s behind the front door, and inside, there’s little in terms of furnishings or décor. Despite this unassuming façade, the Norcross office is the base for an operation that’s helping an... Read more
New chief named for DFCS as current leader takes job in L.A.
Georgia DFCS will have its third leader in less than a year, after Gov. Nathan Deal announced Friday a new interim director for the agency. Tom Rawlings, currently the director of the Office of the Child Advocate, will take over as interim chief of the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services... Read more
Doctors and lawyers team up to help ailing children in low-income families
Belinda Jones had to deal with her landlord saying she owed back rent. Then there was the sewage regularly bubbling up in the sinks and drains of her southwest Atlanta apartment. A rug was filled with mold. Residents of the apartment complex, citing their constant fear of violence, recently... Read more
Flu season has left a trail of deaths, and perhaps a few lessons
Dr. Hany Atallah of Grady Memorial Hospital saw a patient Monday who had flu symptoms. This possible flu sufferer — who also happened to be a Grady employee — showed that the disease can still appear, weeks after it reached its peak. Still, for Atallah, Grady’s chief of emergency medicine, the... Read more
Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. And the increase may continue into next year. The Commonwealth Fund on Tuesday released a survey of working-age Americans that found that 15.5 percent were estimated to lack health insurance coverage as of February... Read more

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