Fri., January 17, 2014 7:22am
While describing how Georgia’s economy has escaped its “deep freeze,” Gov. Nathan Deal again showed no signs of thawing on the idea of expanding Medicaid. Expansion of Medicaid as called for under the Affordable Care Act would cost the state too much, Deal said. A legislative panel Thursday offered a different perspective.
Tue., January 14, 2014 7:00am
More than 58,000 Georgians signed up for health coverage in the insurance exchange by Dec. 28, a nearly tenfold jump from the enrollment figure a month before, according to a federal report released Monday. The increase reflected a more functional federal website for people to navigate, and came ahead of the deadline of late December to sign up for insurance to begin Jan. 1.
Thu., January 9, 2014 7:32am
A safe prediction for the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly is that dozens of bills involving health care will be up for consideration. That’s the case every year under the Gold Dome. But given the likelihood this year of a short session, ending in mid-March, it’s also a good bet that many health bills will be sidetracked or stalled before they come to a vote. Here’s a roundup of some of the important legislative issues in health care.
Wed., January 8, 2014 11:58am
The Board of Regents is considering a 100% smoke-free policy for all public colleges and universities in Georgia. Right now, schools decide their own tobacco policies. If the Regents approve the ban next month, it would go into effect in July. A total ban means no smoking, even at sporting events and in dorms and cars.
Wed., January 8, 2014 3:57am
Not all fat cells are created equal. White cells store globs of fat and make bellies jiggle. Brown cells burn fat and keep mice slim. In between is a type of fat called “beige,” which may be a key to fighting the bulge. And though “beiging” is not widely studied as yet, it has caught the attention of researchers at the University of Georgia.
Tue., January 7, 2014 7:26am
After two years of receiving a bonus, Georgia is not included in the latest round of federal performance awards for enrolling eligible children in government health insurance programs. A state qualifies for a federal bonus by implementing procedures to simplify enrollment and renewal to ensure that all eligible children have easier access to coverage under Medicaid and CHIP, which in Georgia is known as PeachCare.
Fri., January 3, 2014 7:00am
Georgia’s physician shortage continues to limit patients’ access to care, especially in rural areas, a recently released report indicates. But the report by the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce also highlights some promising trends on doctors practicing in Georgia.
Thu., January 2, 2014 4:00pm
At least 6,859 Georgians now have health coverage through the federal marketplace. That coverage began Jan. 1 under the Affordable Care Act. That figure, however, may actually be much higher, according to White House Deputy Senior Advisor, David Simas. “You can expect some pretty exponential growth, because that’s what we saw nationwide,” said Simas.
Wed., January 1, 2014 7:32am
Stratus Healthcare billed itself as the largest hospital alliance in the Southeast when it was formed this summer. Since then, health industry officials have wondered: What is this new collection of independent hospitals all about? If nothing else, Stratus is growing. The number of its hospitals has risen in a few months from 23 to 29.
Mon., December 30, 2013 7:15am
Georgia health care had more than its share of drama and surprises in 2013. Some of the big stories were linked to the Affordable Care Act. This far-reaching federal law, passed in early 2010, was still generating changes and attracting controversy as if it were brand new. But the ACA wasn’t the only hot topic in Georgia health. Issues ranged from drug scares to complex policy disputes and funding battles.