State health officials say nearly half of Georgia's school districts have implemented a 100 percent tobacco-free policy. Under the policy, no student, staff member or school visitor is permitted to use any tobacco product or E-cigarette, at any time on school property.
Uninsured Georgians who need help paying for AIDS drugs don’t have to be placed on a waiting list anymore after state health officials eliminated what was once the largest backlog in the nation. State officials used $8 million in federal cash and a government-managed health care plan for people with pre-existing conditions to clear the backlog.
West Georgia's Talbot County is the latest poor, rural county to rank as the state's "unhealthiest." The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have put out nation-wide, county-by-county health rankings for the past three years.
Georgia has the second-longest waiting list for a program that provides low-income AIDS patients with costly medications. But that list recently shrunk by nearly 300 people thanks to an infusion of $3 million from the federal government.