More than 100 people packed into a government meeting room Monday in Gainesville for a field hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the effects of the health care law on rural communities. Leading the hearing was Republican Rep. Rob Woodall of Lawrenceville, who said the goal was to hear of the “real-world implications'' of the law and solutions for reforming the health care system.
A Metro-rural split has opened up on the question of Sunday alcohol sales. Since Gov. Deal signed a law letting local governments put Sunday alcohol sales on ballots, a flurry of Metro Atlanta governments have committed to a vote. But more rural areas mostly haven't taken up the issue either way. The reluctance might not be all about conservative voters.
A new report finds, Georgia counties are just about as healthy as they are wealthy. It's from the annual County Health Rankings by the University of Wisconsin and the R-W Johnson Foundation. The study paints a map of Georgia that strongly links health factors like obsesity and smoking to lower-income areas where people are less educated and underemployed.