A group of five Republican Georgia state legislators unveiled bills Monday that would forbid state agencies from helping to implement the federal Affordable Care Act. The two separate bills – also co-sponsored by Rep. David Stover (R-Newnan), Rep. Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs) and Rep. Kevin Cooke (R-Carrollton) – are based on model legislation drafted by the Tenth Amendment Center, a libertarian think tank in Los Angeles.
Time is running out for people taking the current GED test. They have until Dec. 31 to complete all five portions of the high school equivalency exam. A new GED begins in January, and anyone who hasn’t completed the current exam will have to start over. This is the first change to the test in 12 years. The Technical College System administers the GED. Beverly Smith, assistant commissioner of adult education, says the new test is geared to better prepare students for college and careers.
Sixty thousand of Georgia’s nearly 10 million residents will see the cost of their healthcare coverage increase under the Affordable Care Act. That’s according to a report released Thursday by the liberal healthcare consumer watchdog Families USA. Families USA says 0. 6 percent of Georgians will have their health coverage terminated because it doesn’t meet the new standards of the Affordable Care Act.
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has brought Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” to the Southeast for the first time. The painting has become a cultural icon thanks to Tracy Chevalier’s book and the 2003 movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.
More than 4,000 Georgia black farmers have until May 11 to find out if they’re eligible for federal money in a massive legal settlement. This is the second chance farmers and their heirs have to file a claim.