Budget cuts for mental health, disabilities alarm patient advocates
“The safety net is stretched to the max.’’ Judy Fitzgerald, commissioner of the agency that oversees mental health and substance abuse services, gave that stark assessment in January to state legislators who were considering budget cuts to her department. Now, even deeper cuts are on the table. Georgia’s budget... Read more
Pandemic pushing Medicaid numbers higher as many lose work
Georgia data indicate that the economic crisis caused by the pandemic has begun to have an effect on enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. As COVID-19 ravaged the state over the past two months, new Medicaid and PeachCare enrollment in Georgia has increased 38 percent, versus... Read more
Pandemic could swell Georgia’s Medicaid rolls, numbers of uninsured
Even before COVID-19 struck, Georgia had a high rate of people with no health insurance. Now, with job losses piling up amid the pandemic, the number of Georgians without coverage is expected to spike. A new analysis from consulting firm Health Management Associates (HMA) gives estimates for Georgia that... Read more
Commentary: Remember the clinics filling the gap
Medical clinics serving poor and uninsured Georgians are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. For them, it’s just the latest challenge. These charitable clinics serve the most vulnerable patients for free or a sliding-scale fee. In a new GHN Commentary, the board chair of the Georgia Charitable Care Network says... Read more
Will you step up now to help clinics for the poor?
By Holly Lang There’s a famous quote by Mr. Rogers in which he recalls his mother telling him that in times of trouble, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Across the state, COVID-19 is testing all of our communities and health systems – especially... Read more

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